Reporters talk about Arodys Vizcaino

Here are some thoughts on the newest Braves pitching prospect.

John Manuel of Baseball America:
Vizcaino was the best pitching prospect in the Yankees' system; he ranked third in their Top 10 prospects that we just released a week or two ago. He's got an excellent curveball and a quick arm that delivers 90-94 mph fastballs. He also missed time with a back strain last year, and he's never pitched in a full-season league, but he's still a teenager and has a lot of upside. He's a classic high-risk, high-reward prospect."

Patrick Teale of Pinstripes Plus, part of the Network:
The Dominican right-hander is as electric as they come on the mound. While his stats were good [posting a 2.13 ERA and a better than a strikeout per inning in the NY Penn League], they pale in comparison to just how good his stuff is. He was sitting 94-96 MPH with his fastball late in the season, showing the great plus curveball, and his changeup continues to get better. If he could develop his changeup into a consistent plus pitch, he could race through the minor leagues.

Mark Healey of Gotham
Always difficult to evaluate 18-year old fastballers from the DR whose only pro experience is GC and the NY Penn League. But scouts say he's got a mid-90's fastball and a good curveball. Probably a bullpen candidate, mybe even a closer. Not esxpected to pitch higher than Low-A in 2010.

Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Braves Show Talk Show. Shanks writes a weekly baseball column for The Macon Telegraph and is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team. You can email Bill at and follow him on Twitter at

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