Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Arizona League Pitching Prospects

My Top 10
1. Akeem Bostick, Rangers, is a personal favorite and his success in the AZL is just the beginning. I haven't went big a lot on predictions in the past but I'm going to start to be more vocal when I really like a guy and this is one. Taijuan Walker is a potential outcome for Bostick.




2. Devin Williams, Brewers, has a long, loose, easy delivery. He shows a good change but his breaking ball lags behind. He is very athletic and has a very high ceiling.


3. Bobby Wahl, A's, looked very good as a freshman and sophomore in college but struggled this spring. I see him as a #3-5 starter or a back end of the pen type arm. Expect a little better version of Justin Grimm.


4. Hunter Green, Angels, had one of the better breaking balls in the prep class this year according to many. I didn't see it as good as others, though. He did have a very solid debut in the AZL and with his athleticism, I expect him to be deserving of this spot.



5. Luke Lanphere, Rangers, is young for this class and really jumped up this spring. In the Rangers system, I wouldn't put anything past him at this point.


6. Brad Keller, Diamondbacks, is all numbers for me. I've never seen him pitch, but I'm trusting GAPPER on this one.

7. Mike Lorenzen, Reds, has an elite arm which is able to get close to triple digits. He is a great athlete, one of the better athletes coming out of college this year, and many thought he would be an outfielder. I like him as a back end of the bullpen arm who should move quickly with his wipeout slider.


8. Tony Rizzotti, Padres, is a big framed righty that looks the part. He can throw in the mid-90's and has an excellent slider. He underwhelmed me when I saw him pitching for Tulane this spring but I was expecting him to be a top 3 round pick. He was a steal late in the draft and should at least be a big league reliever as long as he doesn't get hurt.

9. Dustin Driver, A's, is a physically maxed out arm that I fully expected to go to UCLA. He ended up signing with the A's along with several other high profile arms. While his season wasn't impressive, his potential to be a mid-rotation starter is.

10. Victor Gonzalez, Dodgers, is a 17 year old pitcher from Mexico with very good numbers. That is enough for him to be #10 on this list. Although there are many other good names below him, I prefer to trust GAPPER with the highest point rating from a player with a plus K rating.




Others I considered
Mitchell Brown, Indians
Chris Kohler, A's
Casey Shane, Indians
Nolan Sanburn, A's
Adrian De Horta, Padres
Billy Flamion, Dodgers

Kieran Lovegrove, Indians
Jeremy Kivel, Reds
Cole Wiper, Rangers
Soid Marquez, Reds
Sean Brady, Indians
DJ Snelten, Giants
Austin Fairchild, Royals
Jonah Wesely, Angels
Jake Mccasland, Giants
Josh Uhen, Brewers


GAPPER Scores and Ratings of players I consider prosepcts


Name Team Rating Points
Brad Keller Diamondbacks 17AAB 410.9
Ronald Herrera Athletics 18AAA 383.4
Dylan Unsworth Mariners 20AAP 374.0
Kevin Sosa Rangers 18AAA 332.6
Anfernee Benitez Diamondbacks 17AAB 324.4
Victor Gonzalez Dodgers 17APA 286.3
Erick Leal Cubs 18APA 264.2
Wellington Serrano Dodgers 18AAA 248.2
Kieran Lovegrove Indians 18AAB 226.6
Victor Arano Dodgers 18AAA 226.6
Cam Stewart Padres 18AAA 226.0
Ty Boyles Reds 17BPA 215.0
Akeem Bostick Rangers 18AAA 209.6
Carlos Herrera Royals 19AAA 208.9
Payton Baskette Padres 19AAA 201.3
Alex Constanza Padres 18AAB 198.8
Jefferson Medina Mariners 19AAA 194.4
Zack Littell Mariners 17AAA 192.8
Kurtis Kostuk Diamondbacks 17AAB 192.3
Pedro Fernandez Royals 19APA 191.2
Devin Williams Brewers 18APB 188.2
Gian Rizzo Brewers 19AAA 185.8
Tyler Mahle Reds 18AAA 184.6
Mitch Brown Indians 19AAB 183.9
Keone Kela Rangers 20APA 181.9
Adrian De Horta Padres 18APA 175.0
Ralston Cash Dodgers 21APB 168.5
Wascar Teodo Dodgers 19APA 167.4
Ugueth Urbina Mariners 18AAA 165.6
Sam Holland Padres 19APA 164.7
Casey Shane Indians 17BAB 164.3
Ricardo Rodriguez Rangers 20APA 154.0
Sam Bragg Athletics 20BPA 151.1
Keury Mella Giants 19APA 148.0
Chris Kohler Athletics 18BPA 146.2
Jeremy Kivel Reds 19APA 145.5
Anderson Polanco Indians 20APB 144.5
Luis Gomez Indians 20APA 142.2
Soid Marquez Reds 18AAA 139.6
Melchor Urquides Mariners 17BPB 135.1
Carlos Diaz Giants 19APB 134.9
Ramon Rodriguez Angels 19APA 131.2
Bryan Munoz Dodgers 17BAA 130.5
Logan Seifrit Mariners 18AAA 124.0
Daury Torrez Cubs 20AAP 120.7
Sean Brady Indians 19APA 120.7
Luis Rico Royals 19APA 120.4
Lucas Lanphere Rangers 17BAA 117.0
Derek Thompson Rangers 20APA 105.3
Junior Mendez Athletics 20APA 104.1
Luis Ramirez Diamondbacks 20BPA 102.9
Nolan Sanburn Athletics 21BAA 99.7
Eury Sanchez Giants 20BPA 97.7
Michael Lorenzen Reds 21BAB 87.3
Hunter Green Angels 17BAB 82.2
Yordany Reinoso Angels 19APA 74.4
Daniel Missaki Mariners 17BPA 70.5
Anthony Vizcaya Indians 19AAA 68.1
Kevin Mccoy Mariners 21BPB 65.8
Luis Villalba Cubs 20BPA 65.7
Milton Gomez Brewers 19BPA 65.2
William Soto Dodgers 17BPA 61.8
Troy Scott Mariners 19BPA 58.7
Robert Russell Padres 19BPB 55.7
Billy Flamion Dodgers 20BPB 52.0
Oswaldo Mieres Reds 21BPA 51.1
Trevor Clifton Cubs 18BPB 48.6
Clint Terry Brewers 21APA 48.2
Tyler Ihrig Cubs 21BPA 45.0
Luis Ysla Giants 21APA 44.0
Bobby Wahl Athletics 21BPA 37.9
DJ Snelten Giants 21APA 32.1
Cole Wiper Rangers 21BPA 19.1
Dustin Driver Athletics 18BBB 16.6
Austin Fairchild Royals 19BAB 14.0
Tony Rizzotti Padres 21BAA 10.1
Jonah Wesely Angels 18BBB 2.0
Nick Vander Tuig Giants 21BBA 0.0
Jacob Mccasland Giants 21BBA 0.0
Cody Buckel Rangers 21BAB -11.1
Joshua Uhen Brewers 21AAB -34.8
Wagner Mateo Diamondbacks 20BBA -74.3

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