With the reemergence of Adam Miller on top prospect rankings, I was wondering if there are any other high upside prospects that went down with injury and could have a similar rebound in 2007 or in the future.
Here are 5 that I am pretty excited about...
Scott Mathieson (Phi - P) - After a brief stint in the majors starting and relieving it was found out that he did indeed need TJ surgery on his elbow. He'll likely be out the entire 2007 season. But something I caught on Scout.com and Baseball America's Phillie prospect report was that they and many others now view Mathieson as the closer of the future for the Phillies and it makes since considering his stuff 97 mph fastball and mean nature on the mound (Steve Bedrosian was compared).
Javier Herrera (Oak - OF) - I really like him and thought he was on going to tear up the minors in 2006 but was sidelined with Tommy John surgery in early March. To be honest, I think he could be a Vernon Wells type of player in the future if he is able to fully recover. Prior to the injury, he had a cannon arm which will probably still be above average and as a CF that would be okay. Plus, hitter obviously recover much faster than pitchers do. He will reportedly be ready for spring training and I see him as the heir to Kotsay in CF.
Cesar Carrillo (SD)- He was shut down in 2006 due to a sore elbow. Many scouts said he was by far the most polished and most major league ready pitcher when he was drafted out of U of Miami. Once considered a front line starter, I'm not sure he can regain that type of projection. He does have a large repertoire as well as a reportedly clocked 97 mph fastball but I'm not sure how his injury will effect that. But he did avoid surgery much like Miller and has already been invited to spring training by the Padres.
Bryan Morris (LAD) - Drafted and signed by the Dodgers in 2006 Morris had to undergo TJ surgery soon thereafter while pitching in the Pioneer League. He'll also likely miss the entire 2007 season but in 2008 he could be another stud prospect for the Dodgers.
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/askba/262707.html (toward the bottom)
Mark Rogers (Mil) - Right now, Rogers is expected to go under the knife and will likely miss some time in 2007 recovering. But he will pitch again in 2007. The former 1st round pick still has a ton of potential and could, if he can't find that success starting, could easily find it closing. I look for big things from him still.
Does anybody have anymore?