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Top Gulf Coast League Pitching Prospects

My Top 10

1. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals, has the best stuff of anyone in this league. Coming off Tommy John surgery, the results make it look like the surgery and rehab was a success. He was the best high school pitching prospect in either of the last two drafts.

2. Kohl Stewart, RHP, Twins, the best prep pitching prospect from the 2013 draft, had a short season in his pro debut after cutting his foot walking on the beach and getting shut down to avoid potential shoulder issues. I believer he will be in instructs for the Twins but either way, it was a successful debut for the righty.

3. Hunter Harvey, RHP, Orioles, is the son of Bryan Harvey and has the impact ability of very few prospects in the minors. Scouts have raved about him in his debut and he should rank highly on the Orioles top prospect lists, maybe atop it. There could be an argument that Harvey is the best prospect in this league.

4. Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Cardinals, is one of the most polished prep pitchers and has a bulldog attitude. His stuff isn't elite but his breaking ball is plus and his fastball is average or a tick above. He could move quickly.

5. Ian Clarkin, LHP, Yankees, had a rough start to his pro debut, spraining his ankle, but he will report to instructs to continue his first season.

6. Jake Brentz, LHP, Blue Jays, is very raw but can hit 97 and is a lefty. His stuff is comparable to a 1st round talent if  he refines it. He is Toronto's fall back for not signing 1st round pick Phil Bickford (along with Rowdy Tellez). He is a personal favorite and I have a lot of faith in him as long as he stays healthy.

7. Marco Gonzales, LHP, Cardinals, has good not great stuff and will never be a frontline guy but he could be a solid back of the rotation guy and he could be on a A+ or even AA list next year at this time. He has three average pitches that play up as they play off each other. He is an intriguing prospect.

8. Lewis Thorpe, LHP, Minnesota Twins
Thorpe is an Austrailian lefty that had the most dominant season of anyone in the GCL. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, sitting 88-91, but he is a lefty and the results have been amazing. Here is a little more on him.

9. Miguel Castro, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Castro is a big 6'5", 190 LB righty that has a fastball that ranges from 91-95.  I don't know much about him but the link sums up what info is readily available. GAPPER sure likes what he did in the DSL and GCL.

10. Trey Ball (Red Sox) was a very high pick this year but I feel like he was an over draft. I may be in the minority here, but that's my feeling. He struggled a little in his debut but it did not even include a start, so it almost means nothing. I am interested in seeing how he does next year.

Others of note:
Carlos Salazar (Braves)
Stephen Gonsalves (Twins)
Michael Fulmer (Mets)
Colby Suggs (Marlins)
Jon Sandfort (Pirates)
Austin Kubitza (Tigers)
Stephen Tarpley (Orioles)

GAPPER Scores and Ratings of players I consider prosepcts

Name Pos. Team label Total Points
Miguel Castro Blue Jays (R) 18APA 469.0
Lewis Thorpe Twins (R) 17APA 377.0
Daniel Mcgrath Red Sox (R) 18APA 355.8
Jordany Santana Braves (R) 17AAA 333.5
Brady Lail Yankees (R) 19AAP 282.2
Fernando Romero Twins (R) 18APA 274.0
Michael Fulmer Mets (R) 20AAA 263.7
Enfember Martinez Red Sox (R) 17AAA 252.4
Luis Severino Yankees (R) 19APA 248.0
Marcos Molina Mets (R) 18AAA 247.6
Domingo German Marlins (R) 20AAA 244.0
Juan Perez Cardinals (R) 17AAB 241.4
Jesus Tinoco Blue Jays (R) 18AAA 231.0
Lucas Giolito Nationals (R) 18APA 225.5
Stephen Gonsalves Twins (R) 18BPA 188.6
Hunter Harvey Orioles (R) 18BPA 182.6
Alec Grosser Braves (R) 18BAB 166.6
Austin Voth Nationals (R) 21APA 161.7
Tyler Viza Phillies (R) 18AAA 161.0
Ian Mckinney Cardinals (R) 18AAA 158.6
Colby Suggs Marlins (R) 21BPB 155.9
Blake Taylor Pirates (R) 17BAB 155.0
Casey Meisner Mets (R) 18AAA 154.6
Jonathan Sandfort Pirates (R) 18AAA 153.6
Kohl Stewart Twins (R) 18BPA 134.0
Joe Jimenez Tigers (R) 18BPA 131.0
Steven Farinaro Cardinals (R) 17BAA 126.8
Rob Kaminsky Cardinals (R) 18BPA 115.0
Daniel Child Phillies (R) 20BAA 105.5
Marco Gonzales Cardinals (R) 21BPA 88.4
Austin Kubitza Tigers (R) 21BAA 84.1
Nicholas Pivetta Nationals (R) 20AAA 81.0
Denton Keys Phillies (R) 18BAA 80.0
Luis Merejo Braves (R) 18BAB 78.0
Billy Roth Pirates (R) 18BAB 77.6
Tyler Vail Braves (R) 20BAA 70.2
Austin Nicely Astros (R) 18BBB 61.6
Stephen Tarpley Orioles (R) 20BPA 60.0
Carlos Salazar Braves (R) 18BAA 60.0
Luis Ordosgoitti Astros (R) 20BAA 57.2
Mike Mayers Cardinals (R) 21AAA 51.4
Deion Williams Nationals (R) 20AAB 49.9
John Simms Nationals (R) 21BPA 49.7
Sean Mcadams Orioles (R) 19BAB 49.1
Joe Musgrove Astros (R) 20AAP 42.9
Myles Smith Red Sox (R) 21BPP 27.9
Devonte German Astros (R) 18BAB 16.6
Jacob Brentz Blue Jays (R) 18BAB 16.2
Kent Emanuel Astros (R) 21BAA 9.0
Christian Montgomery Mets (R) 20BAB 4.0
Ian Clarkin Yankees (R) 18BAB 2.0
Max Homick Orioles (R) 21BBA 0.0
Trey Ball Red Sox (R) 19BBA 0.0
Tyler Gonzales Blue Jays (R) 20BAB -3.1
Zachary Good Red Sox (R) 21BAB -8.0
Hayden Hurst Pirates (R) 0 -9.6
K.J. Trader Red Sox (R) 19BBB -17.8


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