The Hottest/Coldest Pitching Prospects in the Offseason Winter Leagues

Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterDecember 15, 2012

Julio Teheran (Braves): Is he back?
Julio Teheran (Braves): Is he back?Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

After highlighting the hottest and coldest position prospects of the offseason leagues earlier this week, it’s once again time for the weekly recap of pitchers. As I mentioned in the previous installment, there are very few big-name pitching prospects still active across the Dominican, Mexican, Venezuelan and Puerto Rican winter leagues. At the moment they are comprised of a combination of veteran and unaffiliated players hoping to land a contract in time for the 2013 season.

Here’s a look at this week’s hottest and coldest pitching prospects.




Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves (Dominican Winter League): 2-1, 3.23 ERA, .218 BAA, 24/9 K/BB (7 GS)

Over his last three starts, Teheran has looked like the 2011 version of himself, possibly due to a recent adjustment to mechanics; has been nearly unhittable over his last three starts: 16.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 11/3 K/BB.


Lisalverto Bonilla, RHP, Philadephia Phillies (DWL): 13.2 IP, 6.59 ERA, .357 BAA, 17/6 K/BB (16 G)

Traded to the Rangers in last week’s Michael Young deal, Bonilla has settled in after a rocky start in the DWL with no earned runs and six strikeouts over his last 3.1 innings. However, it may take a while to lower that ERA.


Alex Torres, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Venezuelan Winter League): 51.1 IP, 3.86 ERA, .234 BAA, 71/22 K/BB (12 GS)

Rays’ southpaw continues to impress in the VWL and has gradually sharpened his command; last two starts: 9 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 8/1 K/BB.




Julio Rodriguez, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (Puerto Rican Winter League): 15.1 IP, 4.11 ERA, .192 BAA, 16/8 K/BB (7 G)

After appearing in six games as a long reliever, Rodriguez made his first start of the year on Thursday—and it didn’t go well: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2/6 K/BB.


Hector Rondon, RHP, Chicago Cubs (VWL): 20 IP, 4.50 ERA, .214 BAA, 11/6 K/BB (22 G)

Has been consistently bad in last four appearances: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1/1 K/BB; allowed one earned run in each outing.


Bruce Rondon, RHP, Detroit Tigers (VWL): 14 IP, 7 SV, 5.14 ERA, .283 BAA, 15/6 K/BB (15 G)

Rondon was roughed up for his second time in four appearances on Friday when he allowed two earned runs on four hits and lasted only 1/3 inning; will the Tigers remain confident that the right-hander can break camp as closer?


Jay Jackson, RHP, Chicago Cubs (Mexican Winter League): 36.1 IP, 3.22 ERA, .250 BAA, 22/11 K/BB (8 GS)

Coming over two consecutive scoreless starts, Jackson, 25, tossed a dud on Wednesday: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1/1 K/BB.