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Project Prospect Top-25 Pitchers

http://www.projectprospect.com/article/2009/10/01/top-25-pitching-prospects

 

1         Stephen Strasburg         RHP         CH is a wild card but his FB and CB are both MLB-ready pitches; mechanics aren't perfect         21.2         WAS         NCAA
2         Brian Matusz         LHP         Flew through minors thanks to 4 potential above-average pitches; commands at the knees         22.7         BAL         MLB
3         Daniel Hudson         RHP         Too good to be true? Showing lots of FB/CH movement in bigs; needs a out pitch for righties    22.6         CHW         MLB
4         Neftali Feliz         RHP         Still a bit raw but has ace potential thanks to FB that sits in mid-90s and outstanding slider         21.4         TEX         MLB
5         Jeremy Hellickson         RHP         Works off 90-93 FB that he pounds zone with; outstanding CH; CB is solid but inconsistent         22.5         TB         AAA
6         Wade Davis         RHP         Commands straight,  90-94 FB well; CB can be filthy and SL is a good pitch; CH isn't special         24.1         TB         MLB
7         Carlos Carrasco         RHP         We love the movement on his FB, CH and CB, but we'll admit that he's still raw; ace upside         22.5         CLE         MLB
8         Jhoulys Chacin         RHP         Has question marks and upside; great movement on sinking FB; CH is his out pitch; good SL         21.7         COL         MLB
9         Madison Bumgarner         LHP         Strength is good command of deceptive FB; SL has improved -- still inconsistent, though         20.2         SF         MLB
10         Kyle Drabek         RHP         Finesse guy with a power arsenal; a pitcher more than thrower; 92-96 FB; CB is a K pitch         21.8         PHI         AA
11         Martin Perez         LHP         Throws sharp hammer curve, dirty slider and straight, 94-96 FB -- mediocre FB command         18.5         TEX         AA
12         Christian Friedrich         LHP         Best pitch: devastating CB that he commands well; 90-94 FB w/ good sink; CH could be ave.    22.2         COL         A+
13         Hector Rondon         RHP         Raw w/ upside; 91-94 FB -- misses over the plate a bit too much; impressive SL and CH         21.6         CLE         AAA
14         Junichi Tazawa         RHP         Deceptive pitcher has huge 12/6 CB, good FB movement and strong CH; excellent command    23.3         BOS         MLB
15         Mike Leake         RHP         Awesome command of 90-93 FB that has a lot of movement; impressive CH; big GB guy         21.9         CIN         NCAA
16         Jon Niese         LHP         His 88-92 FB moves a lot + is deceptive -- commands it well, too; CB can be a knee-buckler         22.9         NYM         MLB
17         Jake Arrieta         RHP         Good athlete; 3 promising secondary pitches; straight 90-93 FB w/ inconsistent command         23.6         BAL         AAA
18         Jenrry Mejia         RHP         Owner of a filthy 94-98 FB that has hard, cutting action; CH has excellent movement         20.0         NYM         AA
19         Casey Kelly         RHP         Outstanding athlete has three pitches that could be ave. or better: 86-90 FB, CB and CH         20.0         BOS         A+
20         Michael Montgomery         LHP         Up-and-down 1st full season; was tough to hit, missed a lot of bats and adjusted well to A+    20.3         KC         A+
21         Jarrod Parker         RHP         No. 1-2 stuff, near-MLB ready, but elbow injury could steal some time; FB command lacking         20.9         ARI         AA
22         Kevin Mulvey         RHP         Big CB has emerged as a K pitch; great, sinking FB -- not always sharp; could be a no. 3-4         24.4         ARI         MLB
23         Brad Lincoln         RHP         Thrower more than a pitcher; hard and heavy 2 and 4-seamer; promising CB is inconsistent         24.4         PIT         AAA
24         Matthew Moore         LHP         Has MLB stuff; very good CH, disgusting CB, explosive 88-91 FB -- isn't always sharp         20.3         TB         A
25         Zeke Spruill         RHP         Gets nasty sink with 91-92 FB; CH may already be a plus pitch; his CB is a good pitch, too         20.1         ATL         A
Honorable Mentions
26         Julio Teheran         RHP         Had some dominant Low-A outings at end of the season, including 7 no-hit innings on 9/2         18.7         ATL         A
27         Stolmy Pimentel         RHP         Began year w/ very good CB, finished w/ outstanding -- we heard a Zito comp for the pitch    19.7         BOS         A
28         Casey Crosby         LHP         Recovered from high walk rates in April/May to have plenty of dominating 2nd-half outings         21.1         DET         A
29         Zach Britton         LHP         Sick GB rates + steady performance and improving command = 2010 breakout candidate         21.8         BAL         A+
30         Zack Stewart         RHP         Fast-riser has MLB stuff; question is if he can handle a starter's work load going forward         23.0         TOR         AAA

 

 

Obviously a slightly bizarre list with extremely high and low rankings.  projectprospect.com wants to stress the their "rankings put a lot of weight into floor as well as ceiling".   Some of these rankings are extremely gutsy such as Daniel Hudson at #3, Carlos Carrasco at #7, Zeke Sprulli at #25, Stomly Pimentel and Julio Teheran as HMs, Mike Leake at #15, and Kevin Mulvey at #22.  

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