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July 12, 2013

Minor League Update

World Futures Game Roster Edition

by Zach Mortimer


Pitchers:

Miguel Almonte, RHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 87.2 IP, 81 H, 35 ER, 29 BB, 87 K, 3.59 ERA, 3-7

Almonte relies on his fastball/changeup combination to keep hitters off balance. The fastball works in the low-to-mid 90s and can touch higher when necessary. Almonte’s best weapon is his changeup, at 80-83 with excellent life; scouts feel this pitch has the potential to be a plus-plus offering. He has toyed with multiple breaking balls (curveball and slider). While he shows the ability to spin these offerings, he is still developing consistency. In a perfect world, Almonte develops into a frontline starter that baffles hitters with his changeup.

Carlos Contreras, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 90.0 IP, 70 H, 38 ER, 41 BB, 96 K, 3.80 ERA, 5-7

After he worked as a reliever the previous two seasons, the Reds moved Contreras back into a starter role in 2013. Contreras attacks hitters with a fastball-changeup tandem; the heater gets plus-plus grades from some scouts, and the changeup grades as a true plus pitch. The problem is that Contreras has never developed a consistent breaking ball. Going forward, the Reds will continue to develop Contreras as a starter, but long term it appears as though he will be a high-leverage reliever in the majors.

Rafael De Paula, RHP, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 79.0 IP, 61 H, 32 ER, 28 BB, 108 K, 3.65 ERA, 6-4.

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