Ranking the 10 Hottest Pitching Prospects of the Arizona Fall League

Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterNovember 16, 2012

LHP Robbie Erlin (Padres)
LHP Robbie Erlin (Padres)Rich Pilling/Getty Images

With the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League’s regular season on Thursday, the matchup for Saturday’s championship game has been set.

The game will feature the Salt River Rafters (17-13), who clinched the AFL East title earlier this week, against the Peoria Javelinas (19-13), and can be viewed on the MLB Network at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Therefore, this installment of the league’s hottest pitchers will unfortunately be the last. However, I do plan on writing several articles over the next two weeks about many of the participants in this year’s AFL, so keep your eyes peeled.

For now, here’s a look at the 10 pitchers who enjoyed a strong finish to their fall campaign.


1. Kevin Siegrist, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals: 2-1, 19 IP, 2.37 ERA, 3.00 GO/AO, 27/6 K/BB (6 G; 5 GS)

6’5” left-hander has been excellent except for his start on Oct. 24 (2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2/1 K/BB); his five other starts: 17 IP, 9 H, ER, 25/5 K/BB.


2. Robbie Erlin, LHP, San Diego Padres: 2-1, 23.2 IP, 2.28 ERA, .212 BAA, 31/6 K/BB (7 GS)

Left-hander could work his way into back end of Padres rotation sooner rather than later; last three starts: 2-0, 13 IP, 10 H, ER, 18/2 K/BB.


3. Kyle Kaminska, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: 3-1, 28 IP, 1.61 ERA, 1.91 GO/AO, 21/4 K/BB (6 GS)

6’4” left-hander has been model of consistency this fall; last three starts: 2-0, 15 IP, ER, 11/3 K/BB.


4. Chase Anderson, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: 3-1, 23.1 IP, 3.47 ERA, .218 BAA, 26/9 K/BB (6 GS)

Does a great job keeping hitters off-balance thanks to a plus changeup; breakout candidate for 2013 season.


5. Seth Blair, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals: 2-1, 20 IP, 2.25 ERA, .236 BAA, 22/14 K/BB (6 GS)

Right-hander appears back on track after missing nearly all of the 2012 season; command was somewhat improved in AFL, though he did walk five batters in his last start.


6. Mark Montgomery, RHP, New York Yankees: 10.1 IP, 2.61 ERA, .143 BAA, 19/5 K/BB (9 G

Hadn’t allowed a hit over last seven innings before surrendering two runs on three hits on Nov. 10; has struck out at least two batters in six straight outings.


7. T.J. House, LHP, Cleveland Indians: 3-1, 27 IP, 3.00 ERA, .208 BAA, 26/9 K/BB (6 GS)

Left-hander bounced back from worst start of the fall with strong performance on Tuesday: (W) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5/1 K/BB.


8. James Simmons, RHP, Oakland Athletics: 11.1 IP, 1.59 ERA, .059 BAA, 8/3 K/BB (12 G)

Has allowed only two hits this fall; highly effective against left-handed hitters: 4.2 IP, H, 4/2 K/BB.


9. Justin Marks, LHP, Kansas City Royals: 5-1, 24.1 IP, 2.59 ERA, .253 BAA, 22/5 K/BB (7 GS)

Posted a 3.80 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas; has been highly effective against LHH this fall (.160 BAA).


10. Kevin Quackenbush, RHP, San Diego Padres: 5 SV, 10 IP, 2.70 ERA, .118 BAA, 14/2 K/BB (10 G)

After not allowing a hit through first 8.1 IP, the right-hander has given up earned runs in back-to-back appearances: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1/1 K/BB.