It seems like each year, Major League Baseball is filled with the promise of young pitchers who have designs on making their mark in the sport. In 2011, prospects indeed showed their stuff, and while some of the successful debuts were expected, others came literally out of nowhere.
From Craig Kimbrel to Henderson Alvarez, pitchers who weren’t expected to be huge contributors for their teams turned out to surprise many, including the scouts who drafted them.
Bleacher Report will take a look at these young prospects and attempt to rank them accordingly. The criteria will include pitchers who made their debuts late in the 2010 or during the 2011 season, as well as pitchers still in the farm system who could likely make an impact in the coming year and beyond.