Monday, May 4, 2009

Sorry for not posting more recently, been really busy with house remodeling but I'm anxious to post about a few guys I like.

Kyle Drabek is tearing it up this season in Clearwater. He has 46 K's and 9 BB's in 35.2 IP with a 2.27 ERA and has yet to allow a HR. The stats tell me two things. The Phils were right in choosing to have him pitch and his arm is healed from TJ surgery.

Lance Lynn was drafted 39th overall last year by the Cards. He did very well in 2 stops last season and is continuing it this year. He had a 17/3 K/BB ratio this season in HiA and was promoted to AA for his first start May 4 against Tulsa. He struck out 6 in 5 IP. At 6'5, 250 LBS, he's a big dude who could develop into a solid #3 innings eater in the ilk of Jason Jennings, with a few more K's, as early as next season.

Matt Moore is another Rays minor leaguer who will be moving up rankings lists this season. He has K'd 38 in 25.2 IP in LoA this season. His BB's are high, but it is mostly from two starts and he is just a kid. I think command is his biggest weakness and with a so I think he could move fast once his command improves. In all honesty, he is 3-4 years away from the bigs with the Rays depth but he could be used as a chip. I see him in the mold of Kazmir, John Danks, or maybe Cliff Lee. But lets see him in AA before we get too nuts. He should be there late next season.

For as much flack as the Astros got in their 2007 draft(mostly deserved), they may have found one guy who will help them out. Collin Delome is hitting .283 in AA with 9 HR's and 18 RBI's in 106 AB. Like many sluggers he K's too much and walks too little but has a chance to become a Russell Branyan kind of slugger. He has real power and could end up being even better than that.

Jim Negrych just keeps hitting. .370 last season in A ball, .368 in AA this season. This guy can hit. He doesn't profile well, but the guy can rake and he has a .469 OBP.

Jaff Decker, OF, SD, who hit .352 last season in Rookie ball, with a .523 OBP and .541 SLG, is continuing that pace in LoA ball. He's hitting .289 with a .526 OBP and .579 SLG. He even has 3 SB in the 14 games he's played. Think Matt Stairs only better.

Pat Venditte, P, NYY is insane. This guy is old for LoA but how can you argue with a 23-0 K-BB ratio in 14.2 IP and only 1 ER against him. He doesn't have that great of stuff, but knows how to pitch. This guy has no comparisons.

Jake Brigham is coming off TJ surgery and doing well so far this season striking out 19 in 20.1 IP. He's walked 7 but only has a 1.77 ERA and allowed 18 hits. Pretty solid start for him after missing last season.

Oh yeah, Stephen Strasburg threw a no-hitter but you can read about him anywhere.

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