Northcraft emerging as a prospect

The Braves have another pitching prospect emerging in right-hander Aaron Northcraft.

When Aaron Northcraft was drafted in the 10th round of the 2009 draft out of a high school in California, he was a lanky kid with a funky delivery.

But three years later, Northcraft is a prospect getting on the radar with good work in the Carolina League.

After Thursday's solid outing against Winston-Salem, Northcraft now has his ERA down to 2.82. He's allowed 39 hits in 44.2 innings, with 19 walks and 43 strikeouts. Northcraft is 4-2 in his eight starts.

Last season, Northcraft had 19 starts in Rome. He was 7-8 with a 3.34 ERA. He allowed 108 hits in 113.1 innings, with 41 walks and 88 strikeouts.

His hits-to-inning-pitch ratio has always been solid, even going back to his days in the GCL and Danville. He's now allowed 245 hits in 265 minor league innings in his career.

He's got good size (6-4, 225) and the stuff is pretty solid. Northcraft turns 22 years old on May 28, so he's still pretty young. Could he be ready to knock on the door in a year or two if he keeps up this good work?

Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, GA, WHAL Fox Sports 1460 in Columbus, GA and WCOH Fox Sports 1400 in Newnan, GA. Shanks is a columnist for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at and follow him on Twitter at

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