Thoughts and projections on a third tier of pitching prospectsby Matt Hagen
April 22, 2010
From Dan Hudson to Chad Jenkins, I'm providing major league projections for those with enough Double-A experience and 2010 expectations for 15 of the top pitching prospects in baseball. View my thoughts on other prospects at my always-updated Top 100 Prospects list.
Dan Hudson / SP / Chicago White Sox
Hudson is Triple-A Charlotte's best arm. It will be difficult for Chicago to keep him away from the majors. Expect them to cave in by July.
198 IP / 4.40 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 13 W / 12 L / 163 SO / 194 H / 69 BB
210 IP / 3.91 ERA / 1.25 WHIP / 15 W / 12 L / 181 SO / 197 H / 66 BB
Matt Hobgood / SP / Baltimore
Fresh out of high school, Hobgood will call Single-A Delmarva home in 2010.
Tim Alderson / SP / Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh should continue to allow Alderson to face off against the best that the Eastern League has to offer. Some late-season Triple-A time, and possibly even a start or two in the majors, would be a nice reward for a job well done.
193 IP / 4.51 ERA / 1.38 WHIP / 11 W / 12 L / 146 SO / 191 H / 76 BB
203 IP / 4.04 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 13 W / 12 L / 161 SO / 195 H / 75 BB
Casey Crosby / SP / Detroit
Crosby's season has yet to get off the ground due to a bone bruise, but a combination of Advanced-A and Double-A work is upcoming.
Jarrod Parker / SP / Arizona
There is talk that Parker could be back from Tommy John surgery sometime around the All-Star break, but I wouldn't count on it. I expect him to be shelved for the entire season, but he could be ready to pitch again by the time fall league play starts up.
Chad James / SP / Florida
Florida should play it slow and keep James in Single-A Greensboro for his first full year.
Chris Withrow / SP / LA Dodgers
Withrow is in Double-A Chattanooga now and should see Triple-A Albuquerque before the season is up.
Manuel Banuelos / SP / NY Yankees
Expect the Yankees to move Banuelos one step at a time, and that means he will spend 2010 in Advanced-A Tampa.
Tim Melville / SP / Kansas City
The Carolina League seems to be a good test for Melville at this stage, but I could envision a couple of Double-A starts toward the end of the year.
Aaron Crow / SP / Kansas City
I was expecting Crow to have to earn his way to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but he was rewarded with that opportunity out of spring training. The Texas League is a good level for his age. Expect him to remain there for the rest of the season.
Trevor Reckling / SP / LA Angels
The Angels continue to be aggressive with young Reckling. It shows a tremendous amount of faith in his abilities. A full, stable year playing for one team, Triple-A Salt Lake, is a good thing.
185 IP / 4.72 ERA / 1.45 WHIP / 11 W / 12 L / 145 SO / 189 H / 80 BB
196 IP / 4.26 ERA / 1.38 WHIP / 13 W / 12 L / 160 SO / 193 H / 78 BB
Kyle Gibson / SP / Minnesota
With his recent injuries seemingly behind him, Gibson could move fast, starting in Advanced-A Fort Myers and culminating with a stop in Triple-A Rochester.
Ethan Martin / SP/RP / LA Dodgers
Martin won't be in the California League for long. Double-A Chattanooga is up next and should provide a strong test.
Aaron Miller / SP / LA Dodgers
Miller has ascended to the California League, and he should join Chris Withrow and Ethan Martin in Double-A Chattanooga by midseason.
Chad Jenkins / SP / Toronto
Jenkins has debuted in Single-A Lansing. He should ascend steadily, finishing up the year with a couple of starts in Double-A New Hampshire.
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