Monday, May 5, 2008

Baseball America Top Thirty Prospects 11-20 Status Check

The second look at where our top prospects are in their development;

11. Mark Melancon,RHP GradeB+ - He has given up two earned runs in his last 17.2 innings pitched after a little bit of a slow start. Coming off TJ surgery he is right where you would want him. Import stats - Last 17.2ip, 18hits, 2er, 12ks

12. Humberto Sanchez, RHP Grade Incomplete - Still rehabbing appears on schedule for a possible June return

13. Dellin Betances, RHP Grade C - Dominating stuff but still too wild. By the end of the year you would like to see the BB rate come down so the future ace tag can still be applied. Import Stats - 29 Walks, 49ks in 41 IP

14. Dan McCutchen, RHP Grade B+ - A little old for AA at 25 but still showing what you would want to see. Important stats - 4.03 K to BB ratio, 32 hits in 46 IP.

15. Kevin Whelan, RHP -Grade Incomplete - Has not pitched due to arm stiffness suffered in Arizone.

16. Carmen Angelini, SS Grade C - Struggled as of late but still a good prospect, too early to tell what the Yankees have here.

17. George Kontos, RHP Grade B- - Almost a k per inning but maybe a few too many baserunners (40 hits and 17 BB in 42.2.). According to Nardi he is our "best kept secret". Not quite breaking out but still promising.

18. Ivan Nova, RHP Grade C - Still a fringe prospect. More hits then innings pitched and not a ton of Ks or incredibly impressive control. Still only 21 so there is time.

19. Collin Curtis, OF Grade B+ - The 23 year-old has started the season extremely well at Trenton, his k rate has dropped a little (17.6 to 14.3) and his BB % has gone way up (6.9 % to 14.9%).

20. Jairo Heredia, RHP - Grade A - Any player who is younger then 20 and competing in A ball is impressive. Jairo hasn't dominated but he continues to impress. He has struck out over a man per inning and has a respectable era of 3.48. Wait till June when he adjusts to the jump in competition and I feel Jairo will impress.

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