So who could break out next year as a potential TORP prospect? The farm seems barren but we actually have more than a few guys with the raw talent to break out. This is my list -
Brett Martin – Jamey rates him as our 3rd best prospect, he is a LH that threw a completely dominant start with 15 Ks in his last start in the High-A Playoffs.
Conner Sadzeck – Throw 100 mph and has the big sturdy frame you want in a starter. He has other pitches but needs innings and refinement, this year he was still recovering from injuries. Could make a big jump next year if even one of his other pitches clicks, and could be a bullpen weapon even if he only as the FB.
Mike Matuella – just now throwing again, he was rated as the top pitcher in his draft before injuries. Clearly a TORP prospect if healthy, his FB hits the high 90’s and he has three other pitches. Obviously a big If however.
Alex Speas – scouting reports said he had a 98 mph Doc Gooden fastball but not much else. Already rated in our top ten prospects at age 18.
David Perez – has always had exceptional stuff but has never been healthy. Showed flashes of brilliance in AA last season but has never put together a full season. Still only 23 years old however.
Demarcus Evans and CD Pelham – small town guys in the mold of Carl Edwards Jr that have a big fastball but need a ton of development.
Jake Lemoine – 4th round pick that the team had rated in the top 20 of that draft. Big RH with a mid-90’s FB who already has an average breaking ball and change.