It appears the Pomeranz will make his much anticipated debut this Sunday and although the Rockies are not playoff-bound, it's a significant moment for their franchise. He's made a rapid recovery from his appendectomy and Colorado has to be thrilled to be getting him back this early. Pomeranz has the luxury of owning a 93-95 mph fastball from the left side so he will be able to get away with some mistakes over the middle of the plate. Locating his breaking ball will be a big key for him and it's what the Rockies will be monitoring closely as they consider his roster spot in 2012.
What's really left to be said about Montero? The world now knows what scouts have been raving about for years and the league knows he's already a potent power threat. Pitchers have been attacking the outside part of the plate against Montero because of their wariness to go at him inside. If he continues to hammer the ball to the opposite field it's going to be very difficult to find holes to exploit. I'd put money on Montero putting a stranglehold on a playoff roster spot and grabbing postseason playing time. There's just not many ways to consistently get him out and he's out to prove that as the regular season winds down.
Delgado's command of all his pitches has come a long way in recent years. He still falls short of his teammate Julio Teheran's upside but still has impressive stuff across the board. His 92-94 mph fastball, breaking ball, and outstanding plus changeup give him the repertoire to miss bats at the big league level. He needs to keep his walks in check, however.
Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
If there's one thing the Braves do extremely well it's developing talented young pitching. Julio Teheran is the headliner of the next wave of that young pitching. Like Delgado, Teheran reaches the mid 90s with his fastball and has plus secondary pitches to go along with that fastball. What sets him apart, however, is his command and feel for these potentially dominant secondary offerings. Teheran is probably big league ready right now and will have a chance to prove it this September.
Detroit has proven they won't hesitate when it comes to advancing their top young pitchers. Turner has rocketed up the minor league ladder, cruising through Double-A and Triple-A this season at just 20-years-old. Turner commands his 92-93 mph fastball consistently and mixes his breaking ball and changeup like a much more experienced pitcher. He'll need to fight for a rotation spot, but if he shows well this September expect him to be a rotation fixture by next spring.