2011 Top 5 Relief Pitching Prospects



1. Aroldis Chapman – LHP – CIN – 6’4″ 185 – 2.28.88. Signed: Cuba 2009. Who throws 105 mph? Aroldis Chapman and Sidd Finch, that’s who!

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

IL

AAA

9-6

3.57

39

13

1

0

8

95.2

77

52

125

1.348

2010

NL

MLB

2-2

2.03

15

0

0

0

0

13.1

9

5

19

1.050


2. Chris Sale – LHP – CHW – 6’5″ 170 – 3.30.89. College: Florida Gulf Coast Drafted: 1st Round (13th Overall) 2010. Sale’s long term future may be in a rotation but he shouldn’t leave the bullpen anytime soon. Like Chapman, Sale can help a contender win now so his long term development is secondary.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAR

A+

0-0

2.25

4

0

0

0

0

4

3

2

4

1.250

2010

IL

AAA

0-0

2.84

7

0

0

0

0

6.1

3

4

15

1.105

2010

AL

MLB

2-1

1.93

21

0

0

0

4

23.1

15

10

32

1.071

3. Kenley Jansen – RHP – LAD – 6’6″ 220 – 9.30.87. Signed: Curacao 2004. We all remember Jansen as a light hitting riffle armed catcher on the Netherlands WBC team that shocked the Dominican Republic. Now a pitcher, Jansen posted 15.6 K/9 in minors and 13.7 K/9 majors in 2010. If Jon Broxton can’t fix his noggin, Jansen might be closing by year end.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAL

A+

1-1

1.50

11

0

0

0

0

18

15

6

28

1.167

2010

SO

AA

4-0

1.67

22

0

0

0

8

27

14

17

50

1.148

2010

NL

MLB

1-0

0.67

25

0

0

0

4

27

12

15

41

1.00

4. Tanner Scheppers – RHP – TEX – 6’4″ 200 – 1.17.87. College: Fresno State Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (44th Overall) 2009. Scheppers was part of the 2008 Fresno State National Championship team but was hurt down the stretch which caused the top 10 talent to slide to the Pirates in the 2nd round. He didn’t sign, made a few appearances in Indy Ball and improved his stock the following year.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TL

AA

0-0

0.82

6

0

0

0

2

11

3

0

19

0.273

2010

PCL

AAA

1-3

5.48

30

7

0

0

4

69

82

30

71

1.623

2010

TOT

2Lgs

1-3

4.84

36

7

0

0

6

80

85

30

90

1.438

5. Craig Kimbrel – RHP – ATL – 5’11” 200 – 5.28.88. College: Wallace State CC (AK) Drafted: 3rd Round 2008. The retirement of Billy Wagner could spell Rookie of the Year for Kimbrel.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

IL

AAA

3-2

1.62

48

0

0

0

23

55.2

28

35

83

1.132

2010

NL

MLB

4-0

0.44

21

0

0

0

1

20.1

9

16

40

1.210

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2011 Top 30 Starting Pitching Prospects

1. Julio Teheran – RHP – ATL – 6’2″ 150 – 1.27.91. Signed: Columbia 2007. Teheran has everything you look for in a pitcher. A live arm that consistently produces mid 90’s fastballs, good secondary stuff and command of all pitches.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SAL

A-

2-2

1.14

7

7

0

0

0

39.1

23

10

45

0.839

2010

CAR

A+

4-4

2.98

10

10

0

0

0

63.1

56

13

76

1.089

2010

SO

AA

3-2

3.28

7

7

0

0

0

40.0

29

17

38

1.150

2010

TOT

3Lgs

9-8

2.59

24

24

0

0

0

142.2

108

40

159

1.037

2. Jeremy Hellickson – RHP – TB – 6’1″ 185 – 4.8.87. High School: Des Moines (IA) Drafted: 4th Round 2005. The Matt Garza trade to the Cubs opens up a rotation spot for last year’s Minor League Player of the Year. I had the pleasure of watching Hellickson pitch last year, click here for my scouting report.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

IL

AAA

12-3

2.45

21

21

0

0

0

117.2

103

35

123

1.173

2010

AL

MLB

4-0

3.47

10

4

0

0

0

36.1

32

8

33

1.101

3. Michael Pineda – RHP – SEA – 6’5″ 250 – 1.18.89. Signed: Dominican Republic 2005. Just as I’m partial to patient hitter, I’m a sucker for power pitchers especially when they throw 100, and post a K/9 of 9.9 to just 2.2 BB/9.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SL

AA

8-1

2.22

13

13

0

0

0

77

67

17

78

1.091

2010

PCL

AAA

3-3

4.76

12

12

0

0

0

62.1

54

17

76

1.139

2010

TOT

2Lgs

11-4

3.36

25

25

0

0

0

139.1

121

34

154

1.112

4. Jamison Taillon – RHP – PIT – 6’5″ 225 – 11.18.91. High School: Woodlands (TX) Drafted: 1st Round (2nd Overall) 2010. Had Bryce Harper not decided to forgo his junior and senior year of high school to attend junior college in order to become draft eligible a year early, Taillon would have been the first overall pick last year. He’ll join Stetson Allie at the Pirates loaded Low A West Virginia affiliate.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

HS

8-1

1.78

11

62

42

21

114

5. Matt Moore – LHP – TB – 6’2″ 205 – 6.18.89. High School: Edgewood (NM) Drafted: 8th Round 2007. All Moore has done is lead the minor leagues in strikeouts in each of the past two years. From 2007-2010 he’s posted K/9 ratios of 12.8, 12.8, 12.9 and 12.9.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FSL

A+

6-11

3.36

26

26

0

0

0

144.2

109

61

208

1.175

6. Zach Britton – LHP – BAL – 6’3″ 195 – 12.22.87. High School: Weatherford (TX) Drafted: 3rd Round 2006. It should also be noted that I’m a sucker for lefties with plus change ups and Britton possesses just that.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

EL

AA

7-3

2.48

15

14

0

0

0

87

76

28

68

1.195

2010

IL

AAA

3-4

2.98

12

12

0

0

0

66.1

63

23

56

1.296

2010

TOT

2Lgs

10-7

2.70

27

26

0

0

0

153.1

139

51

124

1.239

7. Shelby Miller – RHP – STL – 6’3″ 195 – 10.10.90. High School: Brownwood (TX) Drafted: 1st Round (19th Overall) 2009. The 2009 draft was loaded with prep pitching talent and Miller had the most impressive debut among his peers. He posted a dominant 12.1 K/9 in the Midwest League on his way to being named the league’s #2 prospect.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MWL

A-

7-5

3.62

24

24

0

0

0

104.1

97

33

140

1.246

8. Jarrod Parker – RHP – ARI – 6’1″ 180 – 11.24.88. High School: Ossian (IN) Drafted: 1st Round (9th Overall) 2007. Parker was on his way to becoming one of the top prospects in baseball before having Tommy John surgery. He’s now back and will start the year in AA.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2009

CAL

A+

1-0

0.95

4

4

0

0

0

19

12

4

21

0.842

2009

SO

AA

4-6

3.68

16

16

0

0

0

78.1

82

34

74

1.481

2009

TOT

2 Lgs

5-6

3.14

20

20

0

0

0

97.1

94

38

95

1.356

9. Jacob Turner – RHP – DET – 6’5″ 210 – 5.21.91. High School: St. Charles (MO) Drafted: 1st Round (9th Overall) 2009.Turner drew Rick Porcello comps for his size, stuff and bonus demands and ended up with the same Detroit Tigers. Here’s hoping the Tigers don’t have Turner skip AA and AAA like they did with Porcello.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MWL

A-

2-3

3.67

11

10

0

0

0

54

53

9

51

1.148

2010

FSL

A+

4-2

2.93

13

13

0

0

0

61.1

53

14

51

1.148

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

6-5

3.28

24

23

0

0

0

115.1

106

23

102

1.118

10. Martin Perez – LHP – TEX – 6’0″ 180 – 4.4.91. Signed: Venezuela 2007. Perez had a rough go at AA in 2010 but he did it as a 19 year old. I haven’t lost faith.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TL

AA

5-8

5.96

24

23

0

0

0

99.2

117

50

101

1.676

11. Kyle Drabek – RHP – TOR – 6’1″ 190 – 12.8.87. High School: Victoria (TX) Drafted: 1st Round (18th Overall) 2006. Like Parker, Drabek is a brave Tommy John survivor. He has a chance to make the Jays rotation out of spring training and even if he doesn’t, he’ll still get around 20 MLB starts.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

EL

AA

14-9

2.94

27

27

1

1

0

162

126

68

132

1.198

2010

AL

MLB

0-3

4.76

3

3

0

0

0

17

18

5

12

1.353

12. Randall Delgado – RHP – ATL – 6’3″ 165 – 2.9.90. Signed: Panama 2006. Delgado draws comparisons to his farmmate Julio Teheran because of his electric arm and strikeout ability. Like Teheran he has 3 potential plus pitches and controls them well. He’ll start the 2011 season in AA and could be in Atlanta by season’s end.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAR

A+

4-7

2.76

20

20

0

0

0

117.1

89

32

120

1.031

2010

SO

AA

3-5

4.74

8

8

0

0

0

43.2

36

20

42

1.282

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

7-12

3.30

28

28

0

0

0

161

125

52

162

1.099

13. Mike Montgomery – LHP – KC – 6’5″ 180 – 7.1.89. High School: Valencia (CA) Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (36th Overall) 2008. Like I said, I’m a sucker for lefties who throw a plus change up.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ARI

Rk

0-1

1.04

3

3

0

0

0

8.2

6

1

7

0.808

2010

CAR

A+

2-0

1.09

4

4

0

0

0

24.2

14

4

33

0.730

2010

TL

AA

5-4

3.47

13

13

0

0

0

59.2

56

26

48

1.374

2010

TOT

3Lgs

7-5

2.61

20

20

0

0

0

93

76

31

88

1.151

14. Tyler Matzek – LHP – COL – 6’3″ 210 – 10.19.90. High School: Mission Viejo (CA) Drafted: 1st Round (11th Overall) 2009. It came down too the 11th hour, but the Rockies signed Matzek away from his Oregon commitment for $3.9MM. Matzek has dominant stuff but his 6.2 BB/9 is a little scary.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SAL

A-

5-1

2.92

18

18

0

0

0

89.1

62

62

88

1.388

15. Kyle Gibson – RHP – MIN – 6’6″ 210 – 10.23.87. College: Missouri Drafted: 1st Round (23rd overall) 2009. Gibson doesn’t possess true ace “stuff” but he’s a good bet to have a solid MLB career.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FSL

A+

4-1

1.87

7

7

1

0

0

43.1

33

12

40

1.038

2010

EL

AA

7-5

3.68

16

16

1

0

0

93

91

22

77

1.215

2010

IL

AAA

0-0

1.72

3

3

0

0

0

15.2

12

5

9

1.085

2010

TOT

3 Lgs

11-6

2.96

26

26

2

1

0

152

136

39

126

1.151

16. Simon Castro – RHP – SD – 6’5″ 210 – 4.9.88. Signed: Dominican Republic 2006. Castro skipped high A and put together a solid campaign in AA ahead of schedule.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

AA

TL

7-6

2.92

24

23

0

0

0

129.2

107

36

107

1.103

2010

AAA

PCL

0-1

7.84

2

2

0

0

0

10.1

16

6

6

2.129

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

7-7

3.28

26

25

0

0

0

140

123

42

113

1.179

17. Zach Wheeler – RHP – SF – 6’3″ 180 – 5.30.90. High School: Dallas (GA) Drafted: 1st Round (6th Overall) 2009. San Francisco’s newest pitching phenom had a solid 2010, his first as a professional. Like Matzek, he’ll need to keep the walks in check.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SAL

A-

3-3

3.99

21

13

0

0

0

58.2

47

38

70

1.449

18. Mike Minor – LHP – ATL – 6’3″ 210 – 12.26.87. College: Vanderbilt Drafted: 1st Round (7th Overall) 2009. The former Commodore was much more dominate in 2010 than I anticipated (10.9 K/9). While he was hit hard after his August 9th call up, he should open the season in Atlanta.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

AA

SO

2-6

4.03

15

15

0

0

0

87

74

34

109

1.241

2010

AAA

IL

4-1

1.89

6

6

0

0

0

33.1

19

12

37

0.930

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

6-7

3.44

21

21

0

0

0

120.1

93

46

146

1.155

2010

NL

MLB

3-2

5.98

9

8

0

0

0

40.2

53

11

43

1.57

19. Jordan Lyles – RHP – HOU – 6’4″ 185 – 10.19.90. High School: Hartsville (SC) Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (38th Overall) 2008. I’m not as high on Lyles as most and the reason is primarily the 9.2 H/9 line he’s had in his minor league career.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TL

AA

7-9

3.12

21

20

1

0

0

127

133

35

115

1.323

2010

PCL

AAA

0-3

5.40

6

6

1

0

0

31.2

48

11

22

1.863

2010

TOT

2Lgs

7-12

3.57

27

26

2

0

0

158.2

181

46

137

1.431

20. Chris Archer – RHP – TB – 6’3″ 180 – 9.26.88. High School: Raleigh (NC) Drafted: 5th Round (Indians). Archer has put together back to back great seasons as a Cubs farm hand. We’ll see if he carries that momentum with him to the Tampa organization.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FSL

A+

7-1

2.86

15

14

0

0

0

72.1

54

26

82

1.106

2010

SO

AA

8-2

1.80

13

13

0

0

0

70

48

39

67

1.243

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

15-3

2.34

28

27

0

0

0

142.1

102

65

149

1.173

21. Jenrry Mejia – RHP – NYM – 6’0″ 160 – 10.11.89. Signed: Dominican Republic 2007. I’m not a fan of the way the Mets handled Mejia in 2010, but he’ll enter 2011 focused on starting. He can always use a future move to the bullpen as plan B.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

GCL

Rk

0-0

3.00

1

1

0

0

0

3

4

1

3

1.667

2010

FSL

A+

0-0

0.00

1

1

0

0

0

4

1

0

7

0.250

2010

EL

AA

2-0

1.32

6

6

1

1

0

27.1

19

14

26

1.207

2010

IL

AAA

0-0

1.12

1

1

0

0

0

8

5

1

9

0.750

2010

TOT

4Lgs

2-0

1.28

9

9

1

1

0

42.1

29

16

45

1.063

2010

NL

MLB

0-4

4.62

33

3

0

0

0

39

46

20

22

1.692

22. Casey Kelly – RHP – SD – 6’3″ 210 – 10.4.89. High School: Sarasota (FL) Drafted: 1st Round (30th Overall) 2008. The Red Sox signed Kelly away from a Tennessee football scholarship with the promise that they’d let him play shortstop. After he fizzled out with the bat, they convinced him to devote himself to the mound. He had a stellar 2009 but stumbled in 2010. Kelly’s stock is still high and he was the centerpiece on a package that landed Adrien Gonzalez.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

EL

AA

3-5

5.31

21

21

0

0

0

95

118

35

81

1.611

23. Jake Odorizzi – RHP – KC – 6’2″ 175 – 3.27.90. High School: Highland (IL) Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (32nd Overall). A promising season in the Midwest League propelled Odorizzi be named the top prospect in Milwaukee prior to being shipped to Kansas City as part of a prospect package that returned Zack Greinke.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MWL

A-

7-3

3.43

23

20

0

0

1

120.2

99

40

135

1.152

24. Alex White – RHP – CLE – 6’3″ 200 – 8.29.88. College: North Carolina Drafted: 1st Round (15th Overall) 2009. White led his Tar Heals team to Omaha in 2009 with a mid 90’s fastball and a tumbling splitter. His first full season as a professional was largely successful using that same repertoire. He’ll spend 2011 in AAA Columbus so I’ll have some video soon.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAR

A+

2-3

2.86

8

8

0

0

0

44

32

19

41

1.159

2010

EL

AA

8-7

2.28

18

17

0

0

0

106.2

91

27

76

1.106

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

10-10

2.45

26

25

0

0

0

150.2

123

46

117

1.122

25. Dellin Betances – NYY – RHP – 6’8″ 245 – 3.23.88. High School: New York Drafted: 8th Round 2006. Reminds me of Seattle’s Michael Pineda. Maybe it’s because they’re both built like NFL Tight Ends.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FSL

A+

8-1

1.77

14

14

0

0

0

71

43

19

88

0.873

2010

EL

AA

0-0

3.77

3

3

0

0

0

14.1

10

3

20

0.907

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

8-1

2.11

17

17

0

0

0

85.1

53

22

108

0.879

26. Drew Pomeranz – LHP – CLE – 6’5″ 230 – 11.22.88. College: Mississippi Drafted: 1st Round (#5 overall) 2010. The 2010 college pitching draft class provided good depth and star power at the front and I think Pomeranz is the best in the bunch.

Year

Class

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2008

FR

SEC

4-3

4.16

17

11

0

0

0

71

76

30

81

1.49

2009

SO

SEC

8-4

3.40

16

16

2

0

0

95

85

37

124

1.28

2010

JR

SEC

9-2

2.24

16

16

0

0

0

100

71

49

139

1.19

27. A.J. Cole – RHP – WAS – 6’4 180 – 1.5.92. High School: Winter Springs (FL) Drafted: 4th Round 2010. The Nationals secured their draft A grade on their 2010 draft by signing Cole away from his Miami (FL) commitment for $2,000.000.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

NYP

Rk

0-0

0.00

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

2.000

28. Tyler Skaggs – LHP – ARI – 6’4″ 195 – 7.13.91. High School: Venice (CA) Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (40th Overall – LAA) 2009. Skaggs was on his way to having a breakout year when the Angles sent him and Joe Saunders to Arizona for Dan Haren and he didn’t slow down when he switched teams.

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MWL

A-

9-5

3.29

23

18

0

0

0

98.1

91

25

102

1.180

29. Anthony Ranaudo – BOS – 6’7″ 230 – 9.9.89. College: LSU Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (39th Overall) 2010. Ranaudo entered the 2010 season in a three horse race with Bryce Harper and Jamison Taillon but stumbled out of the gate. Shoulder soreness sidelined him early and he wasn’t able to get on track upon his return. I still like his potential to become a Roy Halliday type work horse, but he’s no sure thing to get there.

Year

Class

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2008

FR

NCAA

1-0

0.00

8

1

0

0

0

12

5

6

13

0.92

2009

SO

NCAA

12-3

3.04

19

19

0

0

0

124

93

50

159

1.15

2010

JR

NCAA

5-3

7.32

15

11

0

0

0

51

60

27

54

1.68

30. Stetson Allie – RHP – PIT – 6’2″ 220 – 3.13.91. High School: St. Edward (OH) Drafted: 2nd Round 2010. I went back and forth on whether or not to include Allie on this list. I’ve gotta respect prep arms that can hit triple digits, but he’s going to walk a lot of batters. It’ll be a roller coaster ride but it’ll be fun to watch. Click here for my scouting report on Allie.

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College Baseball: 2011 Preseason All-American Teams


A new year is upon us and that means we’re one step closer to baseball season. I spent New Year’s Eve much like the rest of you; watching the Twilight Zone Marathon, drinking some smoked porter that my buddy made in his basement and working on my Preseason Collegiate All-American teams. Well here is the end result of that wacky crazy night. Keep in mind that most of these kids I’ve only seen on TV while others I haven’t seen at all. It should also be noted that I tend to favor higher ceiling guys than strictly numbers guys although I tried to find a balance between those guys that have already produced gargantuan numbers and those who I feel are capable of doing so. Well enough of this palaver, let’s get this show on the road.



FIRST TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Gerrit Cole

JR

UCLA

11-4

3.37

19

0

123

92

153

52

NYY ’08 (1)

LHP

Matt Purke

SO

TCU

16-0

3.02

20

0

116.1

91

142

34

TEX ’09 (1)

RHP

Taylor Jungmann

JR

Texas

8-3

2.03

17

0

120

88

129

41

LAA ’08 (24)

LHP

Danny Hultzen

JR

Virginia

11-1

2.78

16

0

106

75

123

24

ARI ’10 (10)

RHP

Noe Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

12-1

2.54

16

0

106.1

92

119

19

N/A

RHP

Sonny Gray

JR

Vanderbilt

10-5

3.48

19

1

108.2

101

113

48

CHC ’08 (27)

RHP

John Stilson

SO

Texas A&M

9-1

0.80

33

10

79

51

114

23

MIN ’09 (18)

UTL

Mike McGee

SR

FSU

4-1

2.96

20

13

27.1

15

33

18

ARI ’10 (41)

Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Peter O’Brien

JR

Bethune-Cookman

.386

51

78

13

0

20

56

18

39

0

N/A

1B

Paul Hoilman

SR

Eastern Tenn. St.

.421

79

99

24

2

25

84

51

41

1

TB ’10 (49)

2B

Kolten Wang

JR

Hawaii

.357

57

89

15

4

7

40

36

20

19

MIN ’08 (16)

3B

Anthony Rendon

JR

Rice

.394

83

89

12

1

26

85

65

22

14

ATL ’08 (27)

SS

B.A. Vollmuth

JR

So. Mississippi

.386

72

91

17

2

20

76

43

51

4

HOU ’08 (32)

OF

Jackie Bradley Jr.

JR

South Carolina

.368

56

89

12

1

13

60

41

37

7

N/A

OF

Alex Dickerson

JR

Indiana

.419

62

99

19

0

24

75

20

35

3

WAS ’08 (48)

OF

Mikie Mahtook

JR

LSU

.335

68

80

19

4

14

50

38

54

22

FLA ’08 (39)

DH

Garrett Wittels

JR

Florida International

.413

47

100

21

2

2

60

22

19

4

HOU ’08 (36)

UTL

Mike McGee

SR

FSU

.328

61

82

15

1

17

73

44

53

5

ARI ’10 (41)


SECOND TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Trevor Bauer

JR

UCLA

12-3

3.02

18

0

131.1

121

165

41

N/A

RHP

Cole Green

SR

Texas

11-2

2.74

17

0

111.2

88

75

27

DET ’10 (4)

LHP

Alex Panteliodis

JR

Florida

11-3

3.51

18

0

100

86

82

26

N/A

LHP

Tyler Anderson

JR

Oregon

7-5

2.98

17

0

102.2

84

105

33

N/A

RHP

Steven Maxwell

SR

TCU

11-2

2.70

18

0

103.1

89

93

34

MIN ’10 (12)

RHP

Anthony Meo

JR

Coastal Carolina

13-2

2.61

18

0

96.2

82

94

34

WAS ’08 (43)

RHP

Matt Price

SO

South Carolina

5-1

2.26

31

10

55.2

37

83

19

BOS ’10 (8)

UTL

Nick Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

1-3

3.50

27

11

43.2

41

38

8

N/A



Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

James McCann

JR

Arkansas

.286

32

61

6

0

9

34

18

28

3

CHW ’08 (31)

1B

Austin Maddox

SO

Florida

.333

48

88

16

0

17

72

7

42

0

TB ’09 (37)

2B

Zack MacPhee

JR

Arizona State

.389

67

89

8

14

9

64

41

39

20

DET ’08 (22)

3B

Jason Esposito

JR

Vanderbilt

.359

65

94

25

1

12

64

34

35

31

KC ’08 (7)

SS

Brad Miller

JR

Clemson

.357

71

90

19

4

8

49

50

43

9

TEX ’08 (39)

OF

George Springer

JR

Connecticut

.337

84

82

16

4

18

62

60

70

33

MIN ’08 (48)

OF

Chad Oberacker

SR

Tennessee Tech

.452

67

108

29

5

6

70

34

23

14

STL ’10 (19)

OF

Jeremy Baltz

SO

St. Johns

.396

64

95

16

1

24

85

28

44

6

NYY ’09 (45)

DH

Levi Michael

JR

UNC

.346

76

74

14

4

9

54

44

26

20

N/A

UTL

Nick Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

.346

62

90

28

1

16

75

19

50

6

N/A


THIRD TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Matt Barnes

JR

Connecticut

8-3

3.92

15

0

82.2

79

75

25

N/A

RHP

Kyle Winkler

JR

TCU

12-3

3.39

19

0

116.2

111

92

36

MIL ’08 (37)

RHP

Tim Kelly

SR

Wichita St.

11-2

3.94

16

0

96

108

80

26

N/A

LHP

Jed Bradley

JR

Georgia Tech

9-5

4.83

16

0

91.1

107

99

25

N/A

RHP

Logan Verrett

JR

Baylor

5-3

3.28

16

0

90

88

97

23

N/A

RHP

Karsten Whitson

FR

Florida

SD ’10 (1)

RHP

Matty Ott

JR

LSU

2-4

6.38

28

0

42.1

40

40

21

N/A

UTL

Will Lamb

JR

Clemson

4-4

5.02

18

2

52

57

30

25

N/A


Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Andrew Susac

SO

Oregon St.

.260

15

25

4

0

2

13

15

23

0

PHI ’09 (16)

1B

Preston Tucker

JR

Florida

.331

50

81

17

2

11

49

43

29

8

N/A

2B

Ryan Wright

JR

Louisville

.366

61

93

17

2

16

80

20

26

10

N/A

3B

Harold Martinez

JR

Miami (Fla.)

.295

48

71

10

0

21

69

30

54

5

TEX ’08 (19)

SS

Kenny Diekroeger

SO

Stanford

.356

42

77

12

1

5

41

12

44

1

TB ’09 (2)

OF

Jason Coats

JR

TCU

.361

68

99

23

4

13

69

20

57

8

N/A

OF

Zach Cone

JR

Georgia

.363

45

77

12

7

10

53

14

33

13

LAA ’08 (3)

OF

Patrick Biondi

SO

Michigan

.313

69

72

11

6

2

30

36

30

29

DET ’09 (35)

DH

C.J. Cron

JR

Utah

.431

55

85

16

0

20

81

17

23

4

CHW ’08 (44)

UTL

Will Lamb

JR

Clemson

.289

42

50

6

2

4

36

23

30

14

N/A

College Baseball Prospects: Top Freshmen 2011

Here we are in the middle of the World Series and while I’m loving it, I’m also gluttonous. Always looking for the next score. Well, the next score is affectionately known as Prospect Season, where people like me rank the best prospect by team and/or by position. But the fix AFTER THAT is college baseball. The season kicks off in just 4 short months and I’m excited and you should be too.

If you’re a prospect fan, you probably follow the draft. If you follow the draft, you know that some kids choose to go to school rather turning pro. Many of these names below will be first round picks in 2013, while others will fizzle out. Either way, they’re going to give me plenty of box score entertainment over the next few seasons and we’ll get to see a few of them in Omaha.
Below you’ll find the top 31 freshmen in college baseball. Why 31? Don’t ask so many questions. This is not my list, but simply a formula of the top 200 2010 draft prospects as determined by Baseball America minus college players minus prep players that turned pro.
Player-Position-School Round-MLB Team-2010 Predraft Rank (Baseball America)
  1. Karsten Whitson – RHP – Florida. 1st Round (9th Overall) – SD – #15.
  2. Dylan Covey – RHP – San Diego. 1st Round (15th Overall) – MIL – #18.
  3. Austin Wilson – OF – Stanford. 12th Round – STL – #27.
  4. Ryne Stanek – RHP – Arkansas. 3rd Round – SEA – #42.
  5. Kevin Gausman – RHP – LSU. 6th Round – LAD – #43.
  6. A.J. Vanegas – RHP – Stanford. 7th Round – SD – #46.
  7. Kris Bryant – 3B/1B – San Diego. 17th Round – TOR – #53.
  8. DeAndre Smelter – RHP/OF – Georgia Tech. 14th Round – MIN – #72.
  9. Dominic Ficociello – 3B – Arkansas. 23rd Round – DET – #77.
  10. Scott Frazier – RHP – Pepperdine. 5th Round – PHI – #85.
  11. Eric Jaffe – RHP/1B – California. 19th Round – BOS – #91.
  12. Randy LaBlanc – RHP – Tulane. 16th Round – FLA – #92.
  13. Stefan Sabol – C/OF – Oregon. 17th Round – ATL – #95.
  14. Adam Duke – RHP – Oregon State. 16th Round – BOS – #117.
  15. John Simms – RHP – Rice. 39th Round – WAS – #118.
  16. Adam Plutko – RHP – UCLA. 6th Round – HOU – #131.
  17. Zach Weiss – RHP – UCLA. 10th Round – PIT – #132.
  18. Brian Ragira – OF/IF – Stanford. 30th Round – TEX – #139.
  19. Michael Lorenzen – OF – Cal State Fullerton. 7th Round – TB – #140.
  20. Jimmy Hodgskin – LHP – Troy. 43rd Round – PHI – #142.
  21. Daniel Gibson – LHP – Florida. 26th Round – MIL – #148.
  22. Austin Kubitza – RHP – Rice. 7th Round – PIT – #153.
  23. Tyler Kuresa – 1B – Oregon. 11th Round – MIN – #163.
  24. Zach Alvord – SS/2B – Auburn. 18th Round – ATL – #165.
  25. Sean Dwyer – 1B – Florida Gulf Coast. 15th Round – #167.
  26. Jacoby Jones – 3B – LSU. 19th Round – HOU – #166.
  27. Matt Roberts – C – UNC. 38th Round – ARI – #169.
  28. Jason Hursh – RHP – Oklahoma State. 6th Round – PIT – #173.
  29. Krey Bratsen – OF – Texas A&M. 45th Round – OAK – #175.
  30. Kevin Jiomek – LHP – Vanderbilt. 13th Round – ARI – #178.
  31. Andrew Knapp – C – California. 42nd Round – OAK – #184.

Aroldis Chapman

Ham Schmitmeyer,

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When a friend of mine told me the Reds had signed Aroldis Chapman, my immediate response was, “Okay, who is that?” I don’t really keep up with prospects. I probably shouldn’t admit that on this particular site, and perhaps it will be edited out, but the future talent isn’t what interests me about baseball. I don’t have that kind of attention span. This is why I watch television on hulu.com while I simultaneously view movies on my actual television, and why I play yahoo euchre during my Grad School classes. It’s probably also why my grades could be better, and it’s definitely why after writing for a solid 4 minutes, I’m going to take a break.

Okay, I’m back. When I heard Aroldis was an untested, unpolished flamethrower, with a fastball that reaches well beyond 100mph, I thought it was a joke. When I finally realized that he actually throws that hard, I thought it was a terrific signing by the Reds. With that kind of stuff, if Aroldis had proven to have control of his pitches, there’s no way the Reds could have acquired him. The Yankees or Red Sox would probably have outbid everyone. The Reds, and clubs in a similar financial situation, need to allocate their money to the farm system, to develop cheap talent, and take risks on free agents that the large market clubs aren’t willing to do. After Aroldis’s 6-year, $30.25 million deal expires and he’s reached his potential, then the Yankees will get him. Apparently, the Nationals felt the same way I did, since they finished 2nd in the Aroldis sweepstakes (think about Strasburg, Chapman and Bryce Harper on the same team in 3 years).

After hearing so much about Chapman’s stuff, it was frustrating to wait for him to “find it” in the minors and come up to the bigs. It was worth the wait, however, as Aroldis has been better than advertised. He’s still painfully raw, featuring only two pitches, but his role out of the bullpen has been unparalleled over the final month of the season. I don’t think he’ll be ready to start next season, and I’m okay with that.

Aroldis has been exactly what the Reds have needed late in the season. As Arthur Rhodes deteriorates with plantar fasciitis, Aroldis filled in, before the void even developed. Statistically, the Reds have had around the 12th best bullpen in baseball this year. I don’t care about that number, because Aroldis hasn’t been around all season. In October, there may not be a better bullpen throwing every game than Aroldis Chapman, Nick Masset and, gulp, Francisco Cordero.

I hate to use this cliché, but I’m going to do it. I can’t believe I actually think it’s valid. When Aroldis enters a ballgame from the bullpen, an almost tangible energy is immediately infused to the game. The number 1 reason to watch the Phillies and Reds in the NLDS is for Aroldis Chapman. He’ll change the energy as you watch the game on your couch, and it’s incredible what he’ll do to a game you’re actually attending (I was present at the Reds game when they clinched).

If you’re the type of person that believes a great defensive play to end an inning can spark the offense in the following half inning, Aroldis can do this to the 10th degree. He’ll enter stagnant, regular season games in Cincinnati and a few times, the Reds scored runs in their subsequent at-bat. His energy and talent isn’t just exciting for the fans, his teammates have never seen this either.

Up till now, Aroldis has not gone longer than 4 outs in an MLB game. I hope this role is expanded against the lefty-laden Phillies. I would love to see him go two innings Wednesday and Friday, because he has the stuff to do something legendary. Not to mention, I don’t think it’d be wise to shove Bronson out on the mound for the third time through the lefty-heavy Phils, when the Reds could easily go Aroldis, Aroldis, Masset, Cordero to close out the final four innings.

I’m a fan of baseball and I’m excited Aroldis will be in the national spotlight to try to infuse some excitement back into my favorite sport. Don’t be surprised if you end up watching a Reds game this postseason that you’ll never forget. I can only wish the rest of the Reds afford Aroldis the opportunity to do something incredible.

MLB Draft Prospect: Stetson Allie – RHP – St. Edward H.S. – Scouting Report

MLB Draft Prospect: Stetson Allie – RHP – Lakewood St. Edaward. Bats: R Throws: R – 6’4″ 225. 3.13.91. College Commitment: North Carolina

SCOUTED

Lakewood St. Edward v. Cincinnati Elder – June 6, 2010 (In Person)

Result: 6IP 5H 3ER 5BB 16K. W

STATISTICS
YR – CLASS – IP – W-L – ERA – K.

2010 – SR – 60 – 9-1 – 1.29 – 134

It’s goes without saying that watching a prep pitcher throw one game doesn’t garner enough information for a true scouting report. I’m not the guy who’s going to shell out a seven figure bonus for this kid, but rather I’m an amateur scout and prospector. Take it for what it’s worth and enjoy.

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball: Allie possesses an 80 arm which translates into plus plus fastball velocity when he’s on the mound. More of a thrower than a pitcher, his control and his command are both well below average at this stage in his life. The pitch sat between 93-96 for most of the game and he hit 94 several times in the 6th inning when he was over 100 pitches. He lit up the stadium gun with a 101MPH offering on the 3rd pitch of the game, but it’s important to note that next highest velocity pitch was 96 which he hit on multiple occasions. I didn’t see a single pitch between 97-100 which makes the 101MPH pitch difficult to validate.

Slider: I’d rate this pitch as above average with potential to develop into a plus offering. It sat between 82-85, he kept it down in the zone and felt comfortable throwing it when he was even or ahead in the count. The pitch has more vertical break than horizontal sweeping action and like his fastball, both the control and command of this pitch are below average.

Changeup: If he possesses a changeup, I didn’t see it. But when you record 16 of 18 outs via the strike out on a mix of 95MPH fastballs and 84MPH sliders, there’s not much need for a changeup at the high school level. He’ll need to develop an off speed pitch to succeed as a starter at the professional level.

DELIVERY: Allie displays more body control than I anticipated. His actions are fluid and athletic for a kid of his size and he utilizes his frame to generate his outstanding velocity. He balances well on his back leg and uses that leg to explode his body toward home plate. While he generates plus plus velocity without being violent and max effort, he does fall off the mound toward first base and sometimes fails to follow through. This causes him to lose his release point and contributes to his poor control. From the stretch he pays little attention to baserunners and foregoes a slide step for an exaggerated leg kick.

FUTURE: Allie will hear his name called in the first round, just over 24 hours after leading his team to a Division I Ohio High School State Championship, so I guess he’s having a good week. And if he’s not satisfied with the offer he receives from the team that selects him, he’s got a full ride to a first class college program (North Carolina) as a fall back option. Also a legitimate prospect as a hitter, he’d be a two way threat at Chapel Hill, but he’s expected to focus on pitching as a professional. His current two pitch mix would make him a dangerous late inning relief pitcher, but professional teams don’t spend first round money on high school relief pitchers. He’ll be developed as a starter until he proves otherwise. It’s difficult to project his future as a starter since he doesn’t yet use a changeup, so I’ll say he has a ceiling as a Major League closer and has an average chance to reach that ceiling.

Scouting Report: Jeremy Hellickson – RHP – TB.

Jeremy Hellickson – RHP – Tampa Bay Rays. 6’1″ 185. R-R. DOB: 4.8.87

Scouted: Durham Bulls @ Columbus Clippers 5.14.10 (In Person).

Selected in the 4th round of the 2005 draft out of Hoover High School in Des Moines Iowa, Hellickson is an undersized right handed pitcher who has developed a reputation early in his professional career as a guy who’s statistical success exceeded his perceived talent. In 6 minor league seasons, he’s amassed an impressive 43-15 record, with 562 strikeouts in 511 innings while yielding just 420 hits. Ranked as my #23rd best prospect in baseball entering the 2010 season, opponents have still not figured him out and prospectors like me are now believers. Thus far in 2010, “Hellboy” is 6-2 with 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 55K’s in 50IP and he’s holding opponents to just 2BB/9IP.

It goes without saying that watching a pitcher throw one game doesn’t provide enough information for a complete scouting report, but that’s not going to stop me from reporting the relevant observations from the game. On the evening Hellickson produced a line of: 6IP 6H 0ER 0BB 11K.

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball: Hellickson was effective with his fastball all night long as he used the pitch to get ahead in the count to set up his curveball. It sat anywhere from 89-93 on the stadium gun and he moved it to both sides of the plate. Despite surrenduring a double to Indians uber-prospect Carlos Santana on an inside fastball, he wasn’t afraid to challenge him inside in the next at bat to set up a strikeout on a curveball away.

Curveball: If Hellickson owns a plus curveball, I didn’t see it but he did generate a high percentage of swings and misses on this pitch. The curveball is adequate and it’s augmented by his superior command and by using the same arm action with each different offering.

Changeup: Hellickson possesses a plus changeup with late fade that he commands to both sides of the plate. He used the pitch to start several left handed hitters and didn’t surrender a hit on the pitch.

DELIVERY

In the video above, the lack of effort needed by Hellickson to be effective stands out. Compare his delivery with 2010 MLB Draft Prospect Alex Wimmers. They’re similar in stature and in velocity, yet Wimmers puts almost everything he has into each pitch whereas Hellickson looks like he’s throwing batting practice. Hellickson repeats his delivery very well and that’s a major contributing factor to his success.

FUTURE

Hellickson has enough polish and talent to help the Rays now. The only problem is that there’s simply no room for him at the major league level. The Rays own the best record in baseball and their pitching staff owns an MLB best 2.80 ERA. While I don’t think Hellickson will ever be a star, he’s shown enough at the minor league level to indicate he can be a successful major league starter. He should be able to contribute as a #3 pitcher on a contending team. It’s unlikely he’ll generate the same strikeout numbers that he has in the minor leagues but his command is advanced enough to generate ground balls and be effective.