Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Bats, Arms
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on July 13, 2006
Who will join Felix Hernandez in the rotation in the forseeable future? Who will join Rafael Soriano and J.J. Putz in a dominant bullpen?
Money says Ryan Feierabend, Brandon Morrow and Mark Lowe are the answers to those questions.
Feierabend is two years from the cusp of the big leagues while Brandon Morrow has just gotten his professional career under way.
Lowe dazzled the Safeco crowd with his Houdini act last week and could be joined by fellow youngsters Stephen Kahn, Emiliano Fruto, Eric O’Flaherty in the M’s future pen.
Southpaws Travis Blackley, Justin Thomas and Robert Rohrbaugh join Bobby Livingston and Feierabend as potential back-end starters.
Blackley’s return to prominence would be an enormous bonus.
|1||Ryan Feierabend||L/L||6-3||210||20||Reminds many of No. 5 on this list. Consistently improving.|
|2||Brandon Morrow||R/R||6-3||195||21||Top ceiling in system… has questions to answer as pro.|
|3||Francisco Cruceta||R/R||6-2||215||25||Ready for the show – could be next call-up.|
|4||Mark Lowe||R/R||6-3||195||23||Has starter stuff but projects as John Wetteland.|
|5||Travis Blackley||L/L||6-2||200||23||Sits 86-90 with plus cutter. Curve and change getting close.|
|6||Justin Thomas||L/L||6-3||220||22||Above average stuff needs to be challenged further.|
|6||Bobby Livingston||L/L||6-2||200||23||Misuse in bigs curbed big season. Could be 4Astarter.|
|8||Robert Rohrbaugh||L/L||6-2||200||22||Ordinary stuff, plus makeup and command. Another one.|
|9||Emiliano Fruto||R/R||6-2||235||21||Future setup man with plus change. Command must improve.|
|10||Yorman Bazardo||R/R||6-2||200||23||Looking ahead: Bazardo to the bullpen in 2007?|
Offensively, Seattle has few chances to get better from within, but the options currently at their doorstep are pretty strong. The top three bats all began July in Triple-A and the bulk of the entire group are parading their skills up and down the lineup in Double-A San Antonio.
Two of those top three bats are likely to find themselves in the majors by the end of the month, and Jones has already been summoned.
|1||Jeff Clement||L/R||6-1||215||22||Not the better spect anymore, but still a better bet to hit.|
|2||Adam Jones||R/R||6-2||205||20||Pat Gillick’s best draft pick. Potential all-star center fielder.|
|3||Chris Snelling||L/L||5-10||205||23||Dude can rake. He’d be No. 1 if not for …well, you know.|
|4||Matt Tuiasosopo||R/R||6-2||210||20||Has 2+ seasons and one level to turn SLG from .400 to .500.|
|5||Wladimir Balentien||R/R||6-2||210||22||Needs more time for polish, but power unquestionable.|
|6||Greg Halman||R/R||6-4||210||23||Raw skills, but has polish far beyond his age.|
|7||Shin-soo Choo||L/L||5-11||200||23||Most likely to get traded before 2007. Just isn’t a fit.|
|8||Mike Wilson||R/R||6-2||240||23||The more he hits for power the more he surprises all.|
|9||Kuo-hui Lo||R/R||6-2||190||20||Similar skillset as Choo, tad faster and a quicker ascent to majors.|
|10||Bryan Lahair||L/L||6-5||220||23||If there’s an easy button, LaHair needs it to turn on the power.|