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March 5, 2014

Get to Know

Relief Pitcher Prospects

by Ben Carsley


Nope. I'm not doing it. I'm not dignifying the reliever position with an introduction.

To warrant inclusion here, every pitcher has to a) project to have at least eighth-inning upside, b) project to reach the majors by 2015, and c) project to have a huge impact in either strikeouts or WHIP.

Now, as we know, just about every starter could move to the bullpen, see their stuff play up and, voila, project as a high-leverage reliever! But that would make for a lame primer. Instead, I will cover only prospects who are frequently mentioned as (not necessarily who I personally believe will become) candidates to need a move to the bullpen in short order. Except for Yordano Ventura, because I'm convinced he's a starter.

I will also cover stupid reliever-only prospects, because despite my rugged Internet exterior, deep down, I care about you.

Let's get to it.

SP PROSPECTS WHO COULD MOVE TO THE BULLPEN

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buddaley

Robbie Ray is with the Tigers, not Nationals.

Mar 05, 2014 04:47 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Fixed

Mar 05, 2014 05:07 AM
 
Nojsztat

I sure hope Carlos Martinez and James Paxton get to start.

Mar 05, 2014 05:14 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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Paxton seems to have all but locked up a rotation spot for 2014. Martinez is the better bet to start long-term, but faces quite a logjam right now.

Mar 05, 2014 05:19 AM
 
AJ

I'm partial to guys like Vic Black, Corey Knebel, Michael Tonkin, and Jack Leathersich. Any of them get some consideration?

Mar 05, 2014 07:09 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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These are all fine names, especially Black. They fit in with the "other" category for me. May god have mercy on you if you're in a league where these guys are relevant.

Mar 05, 2014 09:19 AM
 
brucegilsen
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C'mon Ben, in my NL only 4x4 24/270 (14 hitters, 10 pitchers) we're drafting 120 pitchers and clearly Black is going to be drafted, especially with Parnell's health not 100% certain.

Mar 08, 2014 12:15 PM
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MaineSkin

I keep a small list for my dynasty leagues and have a couple not ok the list. Am I reaching on these RPs? Case of the MiLs are crowded w/RPs? Or I have a couple good ones? Jake Barrett is now added to my list, thanks!
Leonel Campos SD
Luis Garcia PHI
Ryan Hafner PIT

Mar 05, 2014 08:18 AM
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timber

Is Ryne Stanek really considered to be a relief-only prospect now? I can't imagine the Rays aren't going to try to develop him as a starter. I would have thought he'd be in the "maybe he'll have to move to the bullpen later" group, not the "reliever only" group.

Mar 05, 2014 10:21 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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I don't have inside info here, but given his injury history and whispers of a future in the 'pen even in college I'd be surprised if he makes it as a starter. There's a non-zero chance, though.

Mar 05, 2014 11:55 AM
 
Bryan Cole

To me, Foltynewicz just *sounds* like a setup guy. I really have to remiind myself that he's a starter.

Mar 05, 2014 11:01 AM
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username49

Surprised not to see any Indians mentioned. Specifically CC Lee and Kyle Crockett.

Mar 05, 2014 11:49 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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I like Lee and he was one of the final cuts from my list, but Cody Allen is the future in Cleveland and it's hard to see the other guys having much fantasy value.

Mar 05, 2014 11:55 AM
 
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