MadFriars’ Top 30 - Davey Edition

When my list came out at this time last year, the Padres had a system that included Joe Ross, Trea Turner, Max Fried and Matt Wisler, all of whom were in my Top 10.

Within a month things changed dramatically.

Already, we have seen drastic change in the past month as Padres’ General Manager A.J. Preller added five Top 30 prospects including three new ones in the top 10. Clearly, continuity is not his forte. Who knows how the farm system will shift by the time the players put on a uniform in mid-February.

Preller’s strength as a GM was supposed to be from drafting and the international market -two areas where he had success with the Texas Rangers-, and two areas that the Padres have historically struggled. He brought in a new core of evaluators to assist him, but as with most things in baseball, the payoffs won’t be seen for a few years.

While San Diego was happy with this year’s draft, they also didn’t have a first round pick, and quite a few of their higher picks are question marks. There was one thing we learned from his first draft with the Padres - he likes tall pitchers.

As compared to the list that you may have read last week by John, I tend to value tools/potential over performance. Which means you may see a few more lottery picks but a lot fewer minor league relievers that are on the brink of getting their AARP cards.

Preller did not make any big splashes with his international signings, but he did sign two of the Top 30 international prospects in SS Kevin Melean and and RHP Andres Munoz. They also signed a few other notable prospects in RHP Henry Henry, LHP Jose Cabrera, and SS Kelvin Alarcon.

Even with the influx of prospects no international prospect, no matter the hype, makes the list until the play in the states. Without further ado here is the list - for now.

1).Manuel Margot, OF

2015 stats: High-A/Double-A: .276/.324/.419 27 2B, 73 RS, 39 SB

If you remember all the hype that came with Donavan Tate and Michael Gettys,it is actually achieved in Manuel Margot - at least so far. All three players are amazing athletes, but unlike Tate and Gettys; Margot has actually produced.

Margot is a plus defender in center, has great bat speed and a good knowledge of the strike zone. All of which indicate that he will be a plus defender who hits for a high average and steals quite a few bases in the big leagues. He does need to work on drawing more walks (only 32 in 110 games last year), but at 21 has all the intangibles to be a force in San Diego. Barring a great start to the season, and injuries to Melvin Upton, Jr. and Travis Jankowski, don’t expect to see him in San Diego in 2016.

2).Hunter Renfroe, OF

2015 Stats: Double-A/Triple-A: .272/.321/.462 27 2B, 20 HR, 78 RBI

The 2013 first round pick seemed to have lost something as he was asked to repeat Double-A. His numbers, while not horrible, they were not what you would expect the player that was second in all of minor league baseball in extra-base hits (to Kris Bryant), at mid-season 2014.

Renfroe was promoted to Triple-A anyway and immodestly looked like a top prospect. He didn’t just hit home runs, he hit balls that ended up in Mexico. He hit .333, had 13 extra-base hits in 21 games while contributing 24 RBI. If he had put up those numbers all season he would have been a Top 40 overall minor league prospect.

Renfroe is the prototypical right fielder. He plays good defense, has great arm strength and hits for power. He might start the year in Triple-A, thanks partially to Liriano being out of options, but if he continues to smash in the Pacific Coast League he might very well be starting for the Padres by the All-Star Break.

3). Javier Guerra, SS

2015 Stats: Low-A: .279/.329/.449 23 2B, 15 HR, 68 RBI

What happens when a defense first shortstops puts up big offensive numbers? They become top five prospects.

Similar to Austin Hedges, Guerra has the pure defensive ability to stay at shortstop in the major leagues. He has a quick first step, and has shown the ability to effortlessly show range to either side. He has quick hands and a strong enough that scouts look for and any offense is a bonus.

He was one of the top prospects in the Low-A Sally League for Boston, finishing in the top five for home runs and RBI. Guerra’s quick hands allow him to make contact at a solid rate with balls in the strike zone. Right now the only thing keeping him from being a top shortstop overall is his lack of plate discipline. As with many young Latin American players he is a bit of a free swinger, and no bat speed can make up for swinging at a slider in the dirt. If he can correct that flaw in his game, he should tee off in Lake Elsinore.

4). Ruddy Giron, SS

2015 Stats: Low-A: .285/.335/.407, 12 2B, 9 HR, 49 RBI, 15 SB

Lets point out that as good as Guerra is, Giron is two years younger. He was nearly unstoppable the first half of the season hitting .383/.442/.602 but cooled down quickly in the second half hitting .233/.277/.304. The setback was disappointing, but not all that surprising given that he was only 18.

Giron was able to excel on natural ability without having to make any adjustments. How he handle (most likely) Lake Elsinore will be a big indication of whether Giron is for real and a top 100 overall prospect or another Low-A flash that fails to make adjustments.

His hit tool is for real, and at least for right now, he can stick at shortstop. Scouts are already questioning whether or not he can stay at short, and with the addition of Guerra, there is an even better chance the Padres just convert him to second or third now instead of later.

5). Colin Rea, RHP

2015 Stats: Double-A/Triple-A: 5-4, 1.95 ERA, 101.2 IP, 80 K, .210 BAA, 1.00 WHIP

With San Diego: 2-2, 4.26 ERA, 31.2 IP, 26 K, .246 BAA, 1.26 WHIP

Rea showed, at moments during his time in San Diego, why he was so dominant in the minors. He has an above-average fastball and great movement on his splitter that can generate a lot of swing and misses. He will at times get loose with his control, and his third and fourth pitches are not adequate for a starter in the majors.

Usually his fastball/cutter combo is enough to get hitters out, but when he doesn’t have one of those pitchers and has to go with a curve or change the pitch tends to get hammered. Rea only has an upside as a mid-rotation starter, but he has a much higher floor than any other pitcher on this list.

6). Travis Jankowski, CF

2015 Stats: Double-A/Triple-A: .335/.413/.425 17 2B, HR, 32 SB

With San Diego: .211/.245/.344 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 2 SB

Jankowski is all about speed and defense. He was one of the fastest outfielders in all of the minors, and uses that to play excellent defense in center. He has a solid flat swing that helps him make solid contact but doesn’t generate much power. Coincidentally his two home runs in San Diego were as many as he hit in two full minor league seasons (2014 and 2015).

This could also help explain Jankowski’s sudden rise in strikeouts as he averaged nearly a walks per strikeout in the minors, but then struck out nearly six times as much in the majors. A lot of that though, also has to do with not playing every day, and adjusting to the big leagues. He should break camp with the big league club and be a starter for the Padres by the end of the year.

7). Rymer Liriano, OF

2015 Stats: Triple-A:.292/.383/.460 31 2B, 14 HR, 18 SB, 64 RBI

Liriano quietly flew under the radar. He never put up amazing numbers, but at the same time never truly struggled. By month his worst OBP (.340 in July) was still better than the averages of all the players above him on this list. It seemed like being surrounded by more competition fueled his rise. Since Renfroe’s promotion Liriano had an OPS of over .920 belting five home runs over the last month. He can play every outfield position and has an above-average arm and can hit to all fields with considerable power.

Liriano should be higher on everyone’s list except for the fact that he can’t seem to lay off the breaking ball low and away. One of the reasons people were disappointed in Liriano was because they were hoping to see him learn how to lay off the pitch, instead they got to witness 132 strikeouts in 131 games. Not good for someone who is that talented of a hitter.

8). Austin Smith, RHP

2015 stats: Rookie League -AZL: 0-3, 7.94 ERA, 17 IP, 375 BAA, 2.12 WHIP

Smith was the Padres top draft choice in 2015. While his current pitches were adequate for a second round choice, what made the Padres truly excited about Smith was his projectable frame. At six-foot-four inches, 220 lbs., Smith has more room to grow. He already has a fastball that sits in the low 90s, topping out at 96.

Most scouts think a year or two from now he will be consistently throwing in the mid-90s. The rest of his arsenal is a work in progress, but has shown signs of greatness. It will just take time working with the Padres staff and development time. If he reaches his ceiling, he has arguably the highest ceiling of any pitcher on this list as a #2 starter.

9). Jacob Nix, RHP

2015 Stats: Rookie-AZL: 0-2, 5.49 ERA, 19.2 IP, 19 K, .284 BAA, 1.53 WHIP

Nix is famous for being the collateral damage in the Brady Aiken deal. He was essentially offered high second round money in the fifth round and had accepted it, until the Astros no longer had that money to offer.

Similar to Smith, Nix’s best attribute is his projectable frame. He has an above-average fastball and good life on all his pitches. The real reason he fell was due to scouts not seeing the improvement they would expect after their freshman year in college. His fastball improved marginally and there was not much difference seen in his secondary pitches, which at the time were both below-average. This could just be the difference in coaching.

The Padres still think he has first round talent, and could be a top of the rotation starter if his secondary pitches improve. If not his fastball is good enough to be a dominating closer.

10) Michael Gettys, OF

2015 Stats: Low-A: .231/.271/.346, 27 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 20 SB, 162 K

Gettys was viewed as the best athlete in the 2014 draft. (Does anyone see a trend here?) Since being drafted he has shown a plus arm, plus defense, great footspeed, and above-average bat speed and has all the makings of a star.

The thing that is holding him back is his ability to make solid contact; 162 strikeouts in 122 games is worrying but not completely out of the norm for young power hitters. What is more troublesome were the reports that when he would make contact against premium pitching prospects it was rarely squared up. He still ranks this high on my list though because his 2015 stats were to be expected.

Reports are that he has a good head on his shoulders and is working really hard at plate discipline and pitch recognition. If we see even a small improvement next year (down to roughly a strikeout a game) we should see all his numbers make a jump and Gettys as a true Top 100 prospect.

11). Carlos Asuaje, INF

2015 Stats: Double-A: .251/.334/.374 23 2B, 7 3B, 8 HR, 61 RBI

In 2014 Asuaje led the Low-A Sally League in nearly all offensive stats including OPS (.933) before he was promoted to High-A for the last month plus of the season.

Between the two leagues combined Asuaje hit .310/.393/.533. He jumped up the rankings only to see him fall back down after a disappointing Double-A season in 2015. Asuaje is a line-drive hitter that has great control of the strike zone.

He makes hard contact which makes him the perfect hitter for a hit and run. Asuaje has decent range, but doesn’t really have the arm strength for the left side of the infield. He has played shortstop and third base in the past but his best position is probably second. The Padres might see him as a cheaper, more offensive version of Amarista.

12). Ryan Butler, RHP

2015 Stats: High-A/Double-A: 3-5, 3.90 ERA, 64.2 IP, 40 K, .275 BAA, 1.42 WHIP

Ryan Butler had arguably the most dominating season by a Fort Wayne closer in 2014 since Kevin Quackenbush. In 21 innings in 2014 Butler had 30 strikeouts while converting 10 of 11 save opportunities.

He was in the rotation in 2015, and was one of the only bright spots on a record setting bad Lake Elsinore team. Butler has a fastball that can reach triple digits and comfortably sits in the 94-96 range. His secondary pitches are far behind his fastball, but this was mainly due to missing most of two years during college with elbow issues.

The pitches are coming along, but not at the same rate they are trying to move him through the minors.

Many scouts are advising the Padres to stick Butler back in the bullpen where his elite fastball can make him an excellent closer. This would also allow him to not worry about developing his secondary pitches as much, and can instead work on his fastball command. However, San Diego, at least in 2015, seemed intent on keeping him in the rotation.

Even after missing the second half of the season, the Padres used Butler in the AFL as a starter (3-1, 2.45 ERA, 14/2 IP, 11 BB, 10 K). He will most likely start the season as a starter in Double-A, but if he struggles look for the Padres to move him to the pen.

13).Tayron Guerrero, RHP

2015 Stats: Double-A/Triple-A: 1-5, 3.05 ERA, 56 IP, 31 BB, 61 K, .199 BAA, 1.29 WHIP

Baseball America had Guerrero’s fastball as the best in the Padre’s organization, and he was a 2014 Futures Game selection. He uses his six-foot-seven inch frame and an effortless delivery to have his mid to upper 90s fastball explode on hitters. In 2015 I watched a AAA game where Guerrero threw back to back 98 mph fastballs on the corner followed by a devastating 81 mph slider that had the hitter buckle and just walk away.

Similar to most tall pitchers including Tyson Ross, the problem is repeating his delivery. Guerrero did show major improvement in 2015 by cutting his walk rate in half (from 7.4 to 3.6 BB per nine). If he can continue his improvement he could be the Padres’ closer at some point in 2016.

14). Luis Urias, 2B

2015 Stats: Short-season/Low-A: .299/.388/.335 61 G, 6 2B, 3B, 21 BB, 19 K, 8 SB >

When Urias was moved to Fort Wayne he replaced Giron as the youngest player in the Midwst League and he immediately gave the team a lift as he was still hitting over .400 21 games into his stint. He has only been with the organization since December of 2013 when he was signed at 16 out of Mexico.

He played in the Mexican League in 2014, playing against competition twice his age. He came over to play in the AZL and thrived there as well. The plan was to move him along slowly but he did so well in Tri-City that the organization moved him up to Fort Wayne where he also played well.

He gets downgraded on many lists because he has just average speed and virtually no power and limited arm strength. He is only five-foot-nine inches and many think the 160 lb. that he is listed at is a stretch. Despite that, like most teenagers he has some room to grow. He has shown good range at both second and short, and some Padre scouts think he can be a shortstop. As of right now he has virtually no arm strength where throws more than 90 feet become a stretch for him. For a teenager he has a remarkable eye at the plate and only struck out 18 times in 51 Low-A games. He has great hand eye coordination and has shown the ability to consistently hit to all fields.

Urias has a long way to go, most notably adding at least some muscle, and working on stealing bases (18 stolen bases in 37 attempts), but his control of the strike zone, which is usually the thing that keeps prospects from reaching their ceiling (see Gettys), is unheralded and should lead to continued, even if slower, growth.

With Guerra and Giron ticketed for Lake Elsinore, don’t be surprised to see Urias repeat Fort Wayne or at least see some time away from shortstop; not as a punishment, but as a way to start everyday.

15). Alex Dickerson, OF

2015 Stats: Triple-A: .307/.374/.503 36 2B, 9 3B, 12 HR, 82 RS, 71 RBI

With San Diego: 2-8, 3K

Dickerson missed most of 2014 after the Padres acquired him in exchange for Jaff Decker with a bad ankle injury. He has always hit for a high average and has a smooth left-handed swing that the Padres desperately need.

Despite that, many see him as an outfield version of Yonder Alonso. If he can hit over .300 he will have a place on any team, especially as a left-handed hitter. However, if he can’t hit more than 10-15 home runs a year, the question will remain if his average alone is good enough to hold down a corner outfield spot. He should at least be given a good long look in spring training with the hopes of landing that open left field spot on the Padres.

16). Enyel De Los Santos, RHP

2015 Stats: Rookie League-AZL/Short-season: 6-0, 3.47 ERA, 62.1 IP, 71 K, .262 BAA, 1.27 WHIP

De Los Santos made his professional debut in 2015 and immediately made an impact. He blew hitters away in the AZL, was promoted to the Northwest League and continued his dominance averaging over 10 strikeouts per nine innings. His fastball is already a plus pitch and at six-foot-three inches has more room to add a few mph. While his fastball generates a lot of strikeouts but he is often catching too much of the plate leading to a .262 batting average against.

He is still pretty raw, and will need time to improve especially on his off-speed pitches, but the Padres think they got a steal of a prospect from Seattle in return for Joaquin Benoit.

17). Jose Rondon, SS

2015 Stats: High-A/Double-A: .267/.320/.359, 85 G, 14 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 18 SB

Rondon is ranked highly on a lot of lists because of a high floor. He hits for a pretty good average (.317 in 2014, .300 in the Cal League last year), and is a solid defender at short. Nothing flashy, but has good range, and has a strong enough arm to stay at short. He makes good contact at the plate and doesn’t strike out much.

The problem is there isn’t much room to grow. He has virtually no power, doesn’t steal a lot of bases (18 is his high for a season), isn’t considered an above-average defender and really doesn’t have the high on-base percentage you would want from someone with little power. His whole value is determined by his ability to continue to hit for a high average and play good defense at short.

18). Jose Castillo, LHP

2015 Stats: Short-season/Low-A: 4-2, 3.74 ERA, 79.1 IP, 32 BB, 51 K, .264 BAA, 1.40 WHIP

Jose Castillo came over in the mega Wil Myers deal last year with Tampa. It was a surprising move given that he had thrown all of four innings as a pro, but when reports surfaced that Preller had gone hard after him when he was with Texas explains a lot.

The Padres love his mechanics and thinks he has front of the rotation ability. He is still incredibly raw, and like most young pitchers has a fastball, and not much else. He had an up and down season that was marred by a muscle strain, but given his signing bonus ($1.55 million) and Preller’s knowledge of the international market, Castillo still gets a Top 20 prospect ranking.

19). Nick Torres, OF

2015 Stats: Low-A/High-A: .305/.352/.439 44 2B, 5 HR, 70 RBI

Torres was the lone first half bright spot for Fort Wayne being named to the All-Star Game, and continued his success with Lake Elsinore. Coming from one of the top college programs in the country, he has an advance approach at the plate that thus far has translated to a lot of success.

Most people think his offensive tools are solid but not spectacular, leading to a potential .280/.330/.400 hitter in the big leagues. He doesn’t play great defense which might cause him to be stuck in left field.

He continued his success by putting up a solid .264/.278/.379 in the Arizona Fall League against some of the best pitchers in the upper minors. The only way to climb up the rankings would be to hit for more power, but if he can continue to hit for a high average he will continue to be a Top 20 Padres’ prospect.

20). Dinelson Lamet, RHP

2015 Stats: Low-A: 5-8, 2.99 ERA, 105.1 IP, 44 BB, 120 K, .214 BAA, 1.20 WHIP

He is the classic case of age affecting a prospect’s status. Lamet signed in July 2014, and a year later was arguably the ace of the Fort Wayne staff. His fastball comfortably sits in the mid-90s and he showed the ability to blow batters away. His secondary pitches are raw and inconsistent, but show signs of being average-to-above average. The only reason he is not up there with Smith and Nix, is that he signed at the age of 21. Which would be fine for a polished college pitcher but not so much for a player in his first full-season league. If he does improve his secondary pitches he profiles as a solid mid rotation starter.

secondary pitches he profiles as a solid mid rotation starter.

21). Jon Edwards, RHP

2015 Stats: Triple-A: 2-1, 1.23 ERA, 36.2 IP, 51 K, .168 BAA, 0.87 WHIP, 23-24 saves

With San Diego/Texas: 0-0, 4.32 ERA, 16.2 IP, 16 BB, 22 K, .211 BAA, 1.68 WHIP

Texas converted him to the mound a few years ago, and while his fastball impressed there was always some wondering about the mentality to be a back of the pen reliever. That rest was put to rest late 2014 when he beat testicular cancer.

While his overall ERA in the majors wasn’t impressive, Edwards did impress with the amount of swings and misses, and the weak contact generated. Like most tall pitchers his best pitch is his fastball which comfortably sits in the mid-90s. His location drastically improved from the previous two seasons but he still needs has trouble locating his secondary pitches. Despite that, quite a few pundits already have him plugged in as the Padres new seventh inning man, which tells you what San Diego thinks of him.

22). Auston Bousfield, CF

2015 Stats: High-A/Double-A: .268/.355/.328 15 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 23 SB

Bousfield had a rough 2015 campaign, however in evaluating a prospect you have to look at all the circumstances. He is a plus defensive centerfielder with good speed and a great hit tool leading to what should be a .300 BA wherever he plays.

Unfortunately for Bousfield he was on a Storm team that had virtually no one. Once Rondon was promoted it was Bousfield and not much else. Pitchers began pitch around him and he tried to take the team on his shoulder, which doesn’t work well when you’re a leadoff hitter. He was promoted to San Antonio where he had one hit over his first 18 at bats followed by reaching base safely in his next 14 games. A plus defender who can hit .300 with 25-30 stolen bases could find a place in the majors even if he never hits more than five home runs in a season.

23). Cory Mazzoni, RHP

2015 Stats: Triple-A 1-3, 3.97 ERA, 34 IP, 12 BB, 46 K, .197 BAA, 1.09 WHIP
?With San Diego: 8.2 IP, 5 BB, 8 K, .489 BAA, 3.23 WHIP

From a pure stuff standpoint, Mazzoni has the ability to be a back of the pen pitcher in the major leagues. He has three pitches all of which rank as above- average. In Spring Training he was masterful, leading many to believe he forced the Padres hand and promote him. Unfortunately when they did he lost control and was hit hard. In 2016 he could have a 2.00 ERA in the majors or he could have a 20.00 ERA. The missing piece is in his head.

24). Logan Allen, LHP

2015 Stats: Rookie League/Short-season: 0-0, 1.11 ERA, 24.1 IP, BB, 26 K, .200 BAA, 0.78 WHIP

Between the time Allen was drafted by the Red Sox in the eighth round, and the time he was traded to the Padres in November, Allen had added five miles on his fastball. Combine that with good control, one walk all of last season, and the 231st overall pick looks like a great pickup by the Padres.

Look for him to join an insanely young and talented rotation in Fort Wayne with Smith, Nix, Castillo, and Walker Lockett.

25). Fernando Perez, 2B

2015 Stats: High-A: .224/.291/.352 21 2B, 10 HR, 53 RBI

Perez is an advanced hitter who can hit the ball with power to all fields. After destroying the Midwest League in 2014, Perez saw half his TinCaps’ team get traded and became one of the only power hitters on a very weak Lake Elsinore team. Playing in front of family for the first time in his pro career (he is from Chula Vista), Perez admitted to pressing. It never got easier for him as he actually did better in the first half (.751 OPS) than in the second (.509 OPS).

He will probably get a promotion more because of Guerra and Giron than his own play, but hopefully getting out of southern California and with a team that has other players besides himself he will return to his 2014 totals.

26). Zech Lemond, RHP

2015 Stats: High-A: 5-10, 5.54 ERA, 130 IP, 101 K, .326 BAA, 1.68 WHIP

Another pitching prospect with a mid-90s fastball. In this case Lemond has a nice fluid delivery, above average movement on all of his pitches and solid control. Despite that he was hammered in Lake Elsinore. He suffered from what many Padre fans call “Andrew Cashner syndrome.” He had virtually no defense behind him especially in the middle infield where Perez, Chase Jensen, Marcus Davis and Gabriel Quintana were all below-average defenders.

Between a struggling offense and a bad defense, Lemond tried to constantly make the perfect pitch causing an overthrow. The ball would flatten out and it would be hit hard; especially in an already hitter-friendly league. Wherever Lemond is next year he should benefit from more offense and a better defense behind him, which will hopefully lead to numbers more in line with his projection as a #3 or #4 big league starter.

27). Peter Van Gansen, SS

2015 Stats: Short-season: .267/.352/.352 9 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 45 RS

At this point there is about 10-15 players, each with some upside but massive question marks surrounding them. Van Gansen gets the higher nod here because he plays a critical position in shortstop and does so admirably. He is a solid do above-average defender that has the arm strength to stick there.

Van Gansen makes good contact and draws a lot of walks. He was a Northwest League All-Star, had the walk-off RBI in the game to go along with his MVP award. The downside is he doesn’t have much speed or enough power to keep fielders from creeping in. Depending on what the Padres do with Urias, he could be the starting shortstop in Fort Wayne and continue to prove he has what it takes to excel.

28). Austin Allen, C

2015 Stats: Short-season: .240/.315/.332 53 G 10 2B, 2 HR, 23 RS, 34 RBI

Allen is an offensive catcher from a Division II university. There is a lot of projection from him offensively which justified drafting him in the fourth round. The biggest question mark surrounding Allen is whether or not he can stay behind the plate. As a catcher his offensive output can make him a top 15 prospect. If he has to move to first, he becomes just another first baseman.

29). Franchy Cordero, OF

2015 Stats: Low-A: .243/.293/.306 126 G, 13 2B, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 22 SB

Cordero burst on the scene in 2013 when he hit .333/.381/.511 in the AZL. He was an All-Star and was thought of as extremely talented, but also extremely raw. Two years later, Cordero’s defense finally got to the point there the team moved him off short and into left field.

He has a strong enough arm and good enough speed that he could play at either corner, or possibly in center field. With the recent infusion of talent at the shortstop position his day in the middle infield appear over.

His offensive ability is what had scouts drooling, and most think that leaving him in left will allow him to concentrate on that part of his game, but his numbers have yet to reflect that in two seasons in the Midwest League.

30). Brad Wieck, LHP

2015 Stats: Low-A/High-A: 7-11, 4.09 ERA, 123 IP, 139 K, .262 BAA, 1.40 WHIP

Wieck was another trade acquisition, and like most pitchers acquired over the last year is a giant of a pitcher. At six-foot-nine inches, 255 lbs., watching him pitch immediately brings to mind Chris Young. Neither pitcher has a great fastball in terms of mph, but with their height a 90 mph is blown by most hitters. Wieck’s best pitch is his change which has great movement. Combined with his fastball he had the most strikeouts of anyone on this list.

He only profiles as a back of a rotation starter but as long as he can keep his mechanics (which is something all tall pitchers struggle with), Wieck has a floor as a major league reliever.


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