MLB Prospects: Hottest Pitching Prospects at Every Minor League Level

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterAugust 21, 2012

MLB Prospects: Hottest Pitching Prospects at Every Minor League Level

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    Since late June, it feels as though there's constantly been an intriguing prospect making his big league debut. According to John Sickels of Minor League Ball, the next high-profile prospect to reach the major leagues will be Diamondbacks left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who could be promoted to start Wednesday’s game.

    And the best part is that it’s not even September 1, when rosters expand from 25 to 40 active players.

    So, as I do every Tuesday, it’s time to take a look at this week’s installment of the hottest pitchers through the minor leagues.

Triple-A

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    Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners: 9-5, 116.2 IP, 2.31 ERA, .187 BAA, 129 K/61 BB (22 GS)

    After a pretty terrible July, he’s bounced back in two August starts: 8.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 9 K, 5 BB.

    Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Kansas City Royals: 14-4, 134.1 IP, 2.95 ERA, .240 BAA, 124 K/45 BB (24 G; 23 GS)

    Has allowed three or more earned runs in only two of his last 10 starts; lack of ground-ball outs is a concerning trend, though.

    Trevor Bauer, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: 12-2, 117.1 IP, 2.30 ERA, .224 BAA, 143 K/58 BB (20 GS)

    Just tossed his first complete game in the minors as he prepares to rejoin the Diamondbacks rotation: 9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 12 K, 1 BB, using only 102 pitches.

    Charlie Leesman, LHP, Chicago White Sox: 11-9, 121.2 IP, 2.59 ERA, .261 BAA, 90 K/47 BB (24 GS)

    He doesn’t dominate, but the left-hander is effective and is on the verge of a September call-up.

    Collin McHugh, RHP, New York Mets: 7-9, 143.2 IP, 2.88 ERA, .223 BAA, 132 K/44 BB (24 GS)

    Last 10 games: 59 IP, 2.59 ERA, .216 BAA, 56 K/22 BB.

Double-A

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    Vic Black, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: 2-3, 53.1 IP, 1.86 ERA, .198 BAA, 77 K/26 BB (44 G)

    The 2009 first-rounder has thrived in his first full season as a reliever. September call-up?

    Cody Buckel, RHP, Texas Rangers: 9-8, 134.2 IP, 2.67 ERA, .212 BAA, 143 K/48 BB (24 G; 21 GS).

    After a rough patch in late July and early August, the right-hander has bounced back over his last two starts: 11.2 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 10 K/4 BB.

    Ethan Martin, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies: 12-6, 142.1 IP, 3.22 ERA, .211 BAA, 132 K/68 BB (24 GS)

    Has been excellent since joining the Phillies at the trade deadline: 4-0, 24.1 IP, 1.48 ERA, .198 BAA, 20 K/7 BB (4 GS).

    Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: 8-6, 115 IP, 2.82 ERA, .224 BAA, 121 K/34 BB (23 GS)

    The 2011 No. 1 overall pick just enjoyed his best start of the season: 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 9 K, 0 BB.

    A.J. Schugel, RHP, Los Angeles Angels: 6-7, 135.1 IP, 2.73 ERA, .226 BAA, 103 K/54 BB (25 GS)

    Darkhorse for a September call-up.

    Tony Cingrani, LHP, Cincinnati Reds: 10-4, 131.1 IP, 1.51 ERA, .196 BAA, 153 K/40 BB (23 GS)

    Continues to dominate opposing hitters with plus fastball-changeup combo.

High-A

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    Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami Marlins: 13-1, 124 IP, 1.81 ERA, .189 BAA, 150 K/31 BB (23 GS)

    Last five starts: 5-0, 25 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 31 K/8 BB. In my opinion, the right-hander is the minor league pitcher of the year.

    Jesse Biddle, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies: 9-5, 129.2 IP, 3.26 ERA, .243 BAA, 137 K/51 BB (24 GS)

    Fresh off his best start of the season: W, 7 IP, 0 H, 12 K, 2 BB.

    Brooks Pounders, RHP, Kansas City Royals: 8-6, 121 IP, 3.94 ERA, .267 BAA, 120 K/43 BB (26 G; 21 GS)

    Last two starts: 14 IP, 7 H, 12 K, 1 BB.

    Erik Johnson, RHP, Chicago White Sox: 5-4, 81.1 IP, 1.99 ERA, .213 BAA, 75 K/27 BB (15 GS)

    Has been excellent since his promotion to High-A: 38.1 IP, 1.64 ERA, .187 BAA, 36 K/8 BB (6 GS).

    Chris Heston, RHP, San Francisco Giants: 9-5, 130 IP, 2.08 ERA, .229 BAA, 120 K/33 BB (22 GS)

    Last two starts: 14.2 IP, 4 H, 17 K, 6 BB.

Low-A

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    Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: 11-5, 3.62 ERA, .175 BAA, 137 K/79 BB (25 GS)

    Has allowed more walks (79) than hits (76) this season. Coming off one of his best starts of the season: 6 IP, 4 H, 9 K, 2 BB.

    Clayton Blackburn, RHP, San Francisco Giants: 8-3, 2.55 ERA, .235 BAA, 137 K/18 BB (21 GS)

    19-year-old right-hander has fanned at least seven batters in six of his last 10 starts.

    Justin Nicolino, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays: 8-4, 109.1 IP, 2.63 ERA, .245 BAA, 107 K/16 BB (25 G; 19 GS)

    Excellent overall season for Nicolino and the rest of the Low-A Lansing staff.

    Tyler Anderson, LHP, Colorado Rockies: 11-2, 109 IP, 2.31 ERA, .231 BAA, 72 K/26 BB (18 GS)

    He's not known as a strikeout artist, but the left-hander has missed plenty of bats over his last three starts: 18.2 IP, 15 H, 3 ER, 21 K/4 BB.

    Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays: 8-3, 83.1 IP, 2.27 ERA, .186 BAA, 89 K/49 BB (23 G; 16 GS)

    After a semi-rough July, the right-hander has bounced back in August: 2 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K/5 BB.

    Edwin Escobar, LHP, San Francisco Giants: 6-7, 114 IP, 3.24 ERA, .244 BAA, 107 K/30 BB (20 GS)

    Coming off arguably his best start of the 2012 season: 8.2 IP, 1 H, 9 K, 1 BB.

Class-A Short Season

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    Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays: 1-2, 37 IP, 1.22 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 30 K/2 BB (9 GS)

    Outstanding season for one of the more promising pitching prospects in the game.

    Gabriel Ynoa, RHP, New York Mets: 5-1, 60 IP, 2.40 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 50 K/7 BB (10 GS)

    19-year-old showing exceptional promise and vastly improved command.

    Aaron West, RHP, Houston Astros: 6-1, 55.2 IP, 1.62 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 54 K/6 BB.

    He’s been dominant this season in the New York-Penn League, but that’s somewhat to be expected for a 22-year-old at that level.

    Javier Avendano, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays: 8-4, 94.1 IP, 1.43 ERA, .194 BAA, 111 K/37 BB (32 G; 12 GS)

    Began the year as a reliever and was then sent down to Class-A Short Season to lengthen out as a starter; results thus far have been excellent: 6-1, 1.41 ERA, 72 K/19 BB in 12 starts.

Rookie

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    Jose Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins: 2-0, 4 SV, 25.2 IP, 0.70 ERA, .114 BAA, 43 K/4 BB (10 G; 3 GS)

    Berrios has been the epitome of dominant; absurd command and strikeout rate.

    Daniel Minor, RHP, Houston Astros: 2-2, 52 IP, 2.94 ERA, .237 BAA, 43 K/9 BB (10 GS)

    The 5’11” right-hander has average stuff but lots of deception.

    Mitch Brown, RHP, Cleveland Indians: 1-0, 19.2 IP, 2.75 ERA, .169 BAA, 16 K/8 BB (6 GS)

    Fresh off best start of his young career: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 2 BB.

    Lucas Sims, RHP, Atlanta Braves: 2-3, 28.1 IP, 2.54 ERA, .206 BAA, 30 K/8 BB (9 GS)

    Turned in best start as a professional and best since promotion to Appalachian League: 5 IP, 4 H, 6 K, 1 BB.

    Tyler Pike, LHP, Seattle Mariners: 2-1, 46 IP, 1.57 ERA, .178 BAA, 49 K/18 BB (10 GS)

    Early results have been excellent; last three starts: 16 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 19 K/5 BB.

    Eddie Butler, RHP, Colorado Rockies: 6-1, 55 IP, 2.45 ERA, .244 BAA, 45 K/8 BB (11 G; 10 GS)

    Last two outings: 12 IP, 12 H, ER, 11 K, 0 BB.

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