MLB Prospects: Hottest Pitching Prospects at Every Minor League Level

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterJuly 30, 2012

MLB Prospects: Hottest Pitching Prospects at Every Minor League Level

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    With Major League Baseball’s trade deadline set to expire tomorrow, there will continue to more high-profile prospects on the move. At the same time, with the trade deadline always comes a flurry of promotions.

    So to kick off this exciting week of baseball, it's time to once again look at some of the hottest pitchers from each minor league level.

    Although I have done my best to include as many notable players from Prospect Pipeline’s Midseason Top 50 Prospects, I’ve offered an expanded view of the top performers at Low-A, Class-A Short Season and Rookie leagues, as many of the 2012 draft picks are having strong professional debuts.

Triple-A

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    Dan Straily, RHP, Oakland Athletics

    5-2, 53 IP, 1.36 ERA, .149 BAA, 67 K/14 BB (8 GS)

    Nothing left to prove in the minor leagues, so it’s definitely time to #FreeDanStraily.

    Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners

    1-2, 32.2 IP, 5.23 ERA, .280 BAA, 41 K/24 BB

    Strikeouts are still there, but command hasn’t been there last two starts: 9.2 IP, 12 H, 10 ER, 11 K/7 BB.

    Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

    3-1, 34.2 IP, 2.08 ERA, .264 BAA, 26 K/10 BB (6 GS)

    Dominant start on Sunday (7 IP, 6 H, ER, 10 K/3 BB) has him one step closer to big league debut.

    Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Kansas City Royals

    8-1, 70 IP, 3.09 ERA, .283 BAA, 61 K/26 BB (13 G; 12 GS)

    He's still getting hit a bit more than I’d like to see, but the results speak for themselves. Expect to see him over the next two months.

    Mark Prior, RHP, Boston Red Sox

    18.1 IP, 2.95 ERA, .133 BAA, 8 H, 31 K/18 BB (14 G)

    We’re all rooting for the guy to make it back; he has too many walks, but you have to love 31 strikeouts in 18 innings.

Double-A

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    Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners

    7-5, 88 IP, 4.09 ERA, .241 BAA, 88 K/39 BB (18 GS)

    The 20-year-old has had his rough patches this season but is surging as of late. Last two starts: 2-0, 12 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 11 K/2 BB

    Yordano Ventura, RHP, Kansas City Royals

    0-2, 17.1 IP, 4.15 ERA, .207 BAA, 16 K/8 BB (3 GS)

    After getting shelled in Double-A debut, right-hander turned in his second consecutive strong outing: 7 IP, 2 H, ER, 7 K/1 BB

    Ariel Pena, RHP, Los Angeles Angels

    6-6, 114.1 IP, 2.99 ERA, .222 BAA, 111 K/42 BB (19 GS)

    Was the key prospect that made the Greinke trade happen; should reach major leagues faster with Brewers

    Allen Webster, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

    4-8, 94.2 IP, 3.90 ERA, .271 BAA, 89 K/40 BB (22 G; 17 GS)

    After posting a 5.68 ERA in April and 5.75 ERA and May, right-hander has been on fire over last 10 games: 53 IP, 2.04 ERA, .223 BAA, 50 K/22 BB.

    Carter Capps, RHP, Seattle Mariners

    2-3, 19 SV, 50 IP, 1.26 ERA, .212 BAA, 72 K/12 BB (38 G)

    The 6’5” closer piles up strikeouts and could reach Seattle within the month; just promoted to Triple-A.

    Andre Rienzo, RHP, Chicago White Sox

    4-1, 41 IP, 2.41 ERA, .212 BAA, 46 K/19 BB (8 GS)

    Besides the performance enhancing drug suspension, Rienzo has been arguably the top minor league pitcher in the organization.

High-A

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    Nick Maronde, LHP, Los Angeles Angels

    3-1, 59.1 IP, 1.82 ERA, .187 BAA, 60 K/14 BB (10 GS)

    Left-hander has been dominant since return from DL in July: 24.1 IP, 12 H, 1 ER, 25 K/5 BB (4 GS)

    Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami Marlins

    2-1, 25 IP, 3.60 ERA, .245 BAA, 22 K/7 BB (5 GS)

    After shaky first two starts, the promising right-hander has settled in over last three outings: 15 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 13 K/3 BB.

    Alex Meyer, RHP, Washington Nationals

    1-0, 12 IP, 5 H, 0.00 ERA, .132 BAA, 12 K/2 BB (2 GS)

    The 6’9” right-hander has made it look exceptionally easy in first two High-A starts.

    Nick Turley, LHP, New York Yankees

    6-3, 82.2 IP, 2.83 ERA, .230 BAA, 90 K/28 BB (17 G; 15 GS)

    The 50th -round draft pick has emerged as a legitimate prospect.

    Jesse Biddle, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies

    6-4, 104.1 IP, 3.45 ERA, .254 BAA, 107 K/42 BB (20 GS)

    Phillies’ top pitching prospect turning in an impressive season.

Low-A

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    Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

    1-0, 5 IP, 0 ER, H, 6 K/2 BB (1 GS)

    After breezing through Pioneer League, Stephenson made an impressive Low-A debut on Friday.

    Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

    8-5, 103.1 IP, 3.92 ERA, .165 BAA, 107 K/67 BB (21 GS)

    Only thing holding him back is command; great strikeout and groundball totals.

    Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

    7-3, 77.2 IP, 2.90 ERA, .216 BAA, 96 K/24 BB (21 G; 14 GS)

    Has struck out at least six batters in six of last 10 starts.

    Tyler Anderson, LHP, Colorado Rockies

    9-2, 90.1 IP, 2.49 ERA, .232 BAA, 51 K/22 BB (15 GS)

    Not sure where strikeouts went, but he clearly knows how to effectively get guys out.

    A.J. Cole, RHP, Oakland Athletics

    5-2, 65.2 IP, 2.06 ERA, .222 BAA, 74 K/12 BB (13 GS)

    After going 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA at High-A to open the season, he regained his 2011 form after promotion to Low-A.

    Justin Nicolino, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays

    7-2, 89.1 IP, 2.52 ERA, .251 BAA, 90 K/14 BB (21 G; 15 GS)

    Continues to exhibit exceptional command and ability to induce key ground balls.

    Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Kansas City Royals

    4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 K/0 BB (1 GS)

    Tough-luck loser in Low-A debut after dominant Rookie-level outings: 10 IP, 4 H, ER, 13 K/0 BB (3 GS)

Class-A Short Season

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    Roberto Osuna, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

    5 IP, H, 0 ER, 13 K/1 BB (1 GS)

    Was essentially unhittable in Short Season debut on Saturday

    Luis Heredia, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

    2-1, 34 IP, 1.85 ERA, .231 BAA, 19 K/7 BB (7 GS)

    Not blowing guys away, but 17-year-old has shown highly advanced command and a knack for inducing ground balls (2.08 GB/FB).

    Aaron West, RHP, Houston Astros

    5-0, 37 IP, 0.97 ERA, .168 BAA, 34 K/4 BB (7 GS)

    The 2012 17th -rounder has quickly made a name for himself.

    Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

    0-2, 24 IP, 1.50 ERA, .191 BAA, 20 K/2 BB (6 GS)

    Can’t ask for a better early return out of the 2011 first-rounder.

    Brady Rodgers, RHP, Houston Astros

    4-1, 33.1 IP, 1.62 ERA, .258 BAA, 33 K/6 BB (6 GS)

    The 2012 draft pick has demonstrated excellent command in first professional month.

Rookie

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    J.O. Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins

    14 IP, 0.64 ERA, .085 BAA, 4 H, 21 K/2 BB (7 G; 1 GS)

    Having given up only four hits and recorded 21 strikeouts, his stay in the GCL may be short-lived.

    Eddie Butler, RHP, Colorado Rockies

    33 IP, 2.73 ERA, .228 BAA, 27 K/2 BB (7 G; 6 GS)

    First-rounder from Radford has great command and consistently works down in the zone.

    Blake Snell, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays

    35.1 IP, 2.04 ERA, .185 BAA, 40 K/12 BB (8 GS)

    The 6’4” left-hander was cruising until Friday’s outing: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 K/1 BB

    Tyler Pike, RHP, Seattle Mariners

    26 IP, 1.38 ERA, .167 BAA, 27 K/11 BB (6 GS)

    Has given up five hits or less in all six starts.

    Sam Selman, LHP, Kansas City Royals

    4-0, 32.1 IP, 1.67 ERA, .209 BAA, 44 K/8 BB (7 G; 6 GS)

    Royals’ second-round pick out of Vanderbilt has been a strikeout machine while inducing a ridiculous amount of ground balls (2.43 GB/FB)

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