What exactly comes to mind when you hear the name Justin Verlander being tossed around?
The man surely is quite decorated, starting with the 2006 AL Rookie of the Year Award and ending most recently with two of the biggest awards for a player to receive.
In 2011 he took home not only the AL MVP, but also the Cy Young Award as well.
While Verlander quickly established himself as one of the most feared pitchers in all of baseball, he was able to utilize his physical attributes while developing four nasty pitches in the fastball, changeup, curveball and slider to utterly freeze hitters at the plate.
He came into the league briefly in 2005 to pitch; however, it was not until his full-time call-up in 2006 that Verlander morphed into the force that he is today.
But are there any young pitching studs currently working their way through the minors that are capable of following in Verlander's foot steps on their way to superstardom?
After the jump I'll take you through five of the top current minor league hurlers that have the body and skill sets to echo the numbers the Tiger's ace set as a precedent for rookie talent when he arrived in 2006.