Missing Comments: Jason Knapp and Anthony Carter

The following comments were accidently deleted from the 2011 Baseball Prospect Book.



Anthony Carter, RHP, Chicago White Sox

Carter was drafted in the 26th round by the White Sox in 2005, from Georgia Perimeter Junior College. He has one of the best fastballs in the White Sox system, hitting 95-98 MPH on his best days. His slider and changeup have their moments but are inconsistent. A starter in the lower minors, he converted to relief last year in Double-A with solid results; his K/IP and H/IP marks were very good, reflecting his above average stuff, and his control wasn't terrible. Indeed, he showed excellent command in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 16/0 K/BB in 10 innings of work. Carter has the stuff to be a solid middle reliever, with some chance he can close if his control remains as sharp as it was in Arizona. Grade C, but raise that a notch if he keeps throwing strikes like he did in the fall.


Jason Knapp, RHP, Cleveland Indians

A key prospect in the 2009 Cliff Lee trade between Cleveland and Philadelphia, Jason Knapp missed most of 2010 recovering from shoulder surgery. The procedure was successful, and he pitched quite well after returning to action, posting a composite 2.86 ERA with a 47/12 K/BB in 28 innings between the Arizona Rookie League and Lake County in the Midwest League. I love the strikeout rate. Knapp has mid-90s heat and a promising, if inconsistent, curveball. His changeup needs work and his command needs to be sharper, but I'm impressed with how well he dominated hitters after returning from the injury. He could be a number two starter if all goes well. Grade B, with higher grades possible once he proves his health once and for all. Some scouts worry that he'll have more durability problems due to his mechanics, but we'll have to see about that. Bullpen work could be an option if those worries turn out to be justified.

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