Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Pitching
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on July 6, 2006
When we began the season, Prospect Insider went 50 Deep into the farm system to rank the best the organization has to offer.
That was more than three months ago and, as is inevitable, things have changed. Some of the system’s best talent has done well for their status, others… not so much.
There are a few new prospects, thanks to the draft, and a few fringe talents that are making a move.
Cha Seung Baek and Francisco Cruceta both began the year as second and third level options. Now they are each probably better bets to put forth decent innings in the show than Joel Pineiro.
We start off with those on the mound where the M’s still lack depth and impact starters. But Brandon Morrow in action and a few surprise arms in the lower levels have brighten things up a little bit.
Cha Seung Baek and Francisco Cruceta both began the year as second and third level options. Now they are both probably better bets to put forth decent innings in the show than Joel Pineiro.
Note: The Venezuelan and Dominican Summer League players were not considered.
|1||Ryan Feierabend||6-3||200||20||Potential No. 3 starter with improving stuff. ETA – 2008.|
|2||Travis Blackley||6-2||205||23||Might be ready next spring. Command has been solid.|
|3||Bobby Livingston||6-3||200||23||Needs more from fastball to sustain MLB success.|
|4||Justin Thomas||6-3||220||22||Consistent change necessary to be effective – usually has it.|
|5||Robert Rohrbaugh||6-2||200||22||Getting a lot of outs in AA with command, good mix and brains.|
|6||Shawn Nottingham||6-1||190||21||Plus breaking ball away from being No.1 on this list.|
Others:Others: Julio Santiago (20), Jose Escalona (20), Steve Uhlmansiek (23), Tony Butler (18), Paul Fagan (21).
|1||Brandon Morrow||6-3||195||21||One pro inning, already No. 1 – no pressure. Inland bound.|
|2||Francisco Cruceta||6-2||200||24||Best stuff of any starter in organization not named Felix.|
|3||Cha Seung Baek||6-3||220||25||The resurrection project is a success. Best he’s ever pitched.|
|4||Yorman Bazardo||6-2||215||22||Adding a split may be the difference between relief and starting.|
|5||Chris Tillman||6-5||190||18||Expected to make debut this month. Must keep curve down.|
Others:Others: Clint Nageotte (25), Michael Schilling (22), Doug Fister (22).
|1||Mark Lowe||6-3||190||23||Has a starter’s arsenal and is the best bet for MLB success|
|2||Emiliano Fruto||6-1||235||22||Could start in future but needs better control to stay in bigs .|
|3||Stephen Kahn||6-3||220||22||Must locate fastball and stay away from hitter’s counts.|
|4||Craig James||6-1||200||23||Gone 25.2 innings and 15 outings without allowing a run.|
|5||Eric O’Flaherty||6-2||195||21||Could return to rotation but can get lefties out in relief.|
Others:Others: Renee Cortez – R – (23), Cesar Jimenez – L – (21), Edgar Guaramato – R – (21).