I asked a poll question a few days ago about seven young pitchers.
I promised to revisit this with a runoff after we had the preliminary results, so here goes. Who is the best prospect: Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees, Jarred Cosart of the Houston Astros, or Taylor Guerrieri of the Tampa Bay Rays?
Vote and Discuss!
In my view, Guerrieri has the highest upside of the trio, but he is also the furthest away and has the most risk since he hasn't even pitched professionally yet. Betances and Cosart are really close in my mind. Cosart has terrific stuff, but i'm not enamored of his arm action or his oddly low strikeout rate in Double-A. Betances has fine stuff himself and a larger track record at higher levels, but his command can be quite spotty. This may be a minority view, but it would not surprise me at all if both Betances and Cosart end up as relievers in the long run.
(NOTE: we've sure talked about Yankees prospects a lot lately, but I promise this is not a trend. I will start revising the Top 20 lists tomorrow and there will be plenty of upcoming discussion about all organizations).