LRP: Sam Selman, LHP, Kansas City Royals
2012 Stats (Rk): 5-4, 60.1 IP, 2.09 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 13.28 K/9, 3.28 BB/9 (13 G; 12 GS)
A second-round draft pick this past June, Selman was named the Pioneer League’s pitcher of the year after his excellent professional debut. The left-hander will need to develop a changeup to remain a starter, but his plus fastball-slider combination gives him a bright future as a reliever.
RP: Vic Black, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
2012 Stats (AA): 2-3, 13 SV, 60 IP, 1.65 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 6.0 H/9, 12.8 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 (51 G)
A supplemental first-rounder in 2009, Black missed most of the 2010 season with various arm problems and didn’t truly return to form until this year. The right-hander has all the makings of a future closer with a deceptively quick fastball and plus slider, as well the ability to consistently draw swing-and-misses.
RP: Rob Wort, RHP, Washington Nationals
2012 (A+): 2-4, 13 SV, 56.2 IP, 2.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 15.09 K/9, 3.02 BB/9 (40 G)
Even though it was his third consecutive season at High-A, the 23-year-old finally improved his command this year, registering the second-best walk rate of his career. He’ll likely begin the 2013 season at Double-A, and if his command holds up, the right-hander may be fast-tracked to the major leagues.
RP: Andrew Chafin, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
2012 Stats (A+): 6-6, 122.1 IP, 4.93 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 11.0 K/9, 5.1 BB/9 (30 G; 23 GS)
Chafin worked primarily as a starter this year in his full-season debut, but endured a two-month bout in which he couldn’t find the strike zone. The organization may choose to proceed with the development of the left-hander as a starter, but there’s a strong chance he ends up in the bullpen given his command problems and choppy mechanics.
RP: Ajay Meyer, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
2012 Stats (A-): 3-3, 33 SV, 56.1 IP, 3.67 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, 9.1 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 (50 G)
Meyer, a 6’6” right-handed pitcher, saved 33 games this season in his full-season debut for Low-A Lansing while demonstrating impressive command. His ERA was somewhat inflated as he allowed seven home runs in 56.1 innings, though it hardly detracts from his overall performance.
SU: Mark Montgomery, RHP, New York Yankees
2012 Stats (A+, AA): 7-2, 15 SV, 64.1 IP, 1.54 ERA, 0.886 WHIP, 4.9 H/9, 13.8 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 (46 G)
An 11th -round draft pick in 2011, Montgomery reached Double-A this year in his full-season debut. With an above-average fastball and plus slider, the right-hander piles up strikeouts and now has 150 in 92.2 career innings.
Currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League, it’s possible that he will contend for a spot in the Yankees’ bullpen next season out of spring training
CL: Carter Capps, RHP, Seattle Mariners
2012 Stats (AA, AAA): 2-3, 19 SV, 51.1 IP, 1.23 ERA, 1.013 WHIP, 13.1 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 (39 G)
Boasting a fastball that consistently flirts with triple digits, it took Capps just a little over a year to reach the major leagues. With a jerky delivery and quick arm, the 6’5” right-hander has struggled to adopt a legitimate secondary offering.
However, considering his plus-plus fastball and the fact that he’s only 21, there’s still plenty of time.