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February 26, 2014

Get to Know

Starting Pitcher Prospects

by Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein


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The reality of the situation is, you’ve heard about most of these top names ad nauseum, so we’re going to try to not rehash everything. If that results in brevity, we’re all better off for it, right duder? Unless stated otherwise assume the players below have the ability to strike out enough batters to be worth owning.

NAMES FOR 2014Craig Goldstein

Taijuan Walker - Seattle Mariners
He should miss bats immediately, but probably not at an elite level. His best pitchers are his fastball and cutter, and while they’re good enough to strike batters out, he hasn’t shown the consistency with his offspeed stuff that will routinely rack up whiffs. On the plus side though, Tai Walker is close to Skywalker and that’s always good for a headline.

Archie Bradley - Arizona Diamondbacks
There’s a chance that Bradley sees major league time in 2014 thanks to his dynamic repertoire and Arizona’s general lack of impact pitching. At the same time, we might want to slow down a bit. Bradley has only notched 123 1/3 innings at Double-A, and struggled with walks at the level (11.7 percent). This isn’t to knock him as a prospect—but it could affect his arrival. If he starts controlling the strike zone a bit more, he could arrive in a hurry. Oh, and he’s got the swing-and-miss breaking ball that can sometimes elude Walker.

Kevin Gausman - Baltimore Orioles
We live in a complicated world. That’s why it’s both fair and unfair that Gausman is getting dinged for his subpar major-league performance last year. Ideally, he wouldn’t have been called up, but again, complicated world. We learned a bit about Gausman in that time though. Things like: His slider needs work, he loves donuts, and ohmanthatchange. In reality though, those things weren’t that new to most of us, we were just seeing them for the first time, since we can’t all go to minor-league games. He missed bats at a solid level (20 in 24 2/3 IP as a starter) but is going to need that breaking ball to solidify to sustain himself in the majors, similar to how Julio Teheran took off once the slider started coming around.

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