2015 MLB Futures Game: World Team Pitchers
Here’s a brief look at the members of the 2015 MLB Futures Game World Team pitching staff.
Jose Berrios, RHP, Twins: Drafted in supplemental first round in 2012 from Puerto Rico, age 21, throws low/mid-90s fastball with slider, curve, change; all pitches are above-average. 3.23 ERA in 84 innings in Double-A, 86/23 K/BB ratio, 75 hits allowed. Looks like a strong number three starter.
Edwin Diaz, RHP, Mariners: Drafted in the third round in 2012 from Puerto Rico, age 21, features low/mid-90s fastball like Berrios, secondary pitches aren’t as refined but are coming along. 3.73 ERA this year with 80/27 K/BB in 80 innings between High-A and Double-A, like Berrios he can be a number three.
Jarlin Garcia, LHP, Marlins: Signed out of Dominican Republic in 2010, slightly-built lefty at 6-2, 170, throws low-90s heater, secondary pitches including curve, slider, change need more consistency. Age 22. 3.14 ERA with 53/20 K/BB in 60 innings in High-A, 64 hits allowed.
Dodgers: Originally signed by Rockies in 2006 from Venezuela, Dodgers picked him up as a free agent, oldest pitcher on list at age 25 but has a strong arm, hits 96 MPH. 1.07 ERA with 23/8 K/BB in 25 innings this year in Double-A/Triple-A, looks like a good bullpen part.
Wei-Chieh Huang, RHP, Diamondbacks: Signed as a free agent out of Taiwan in 2014, age 22, shows exceptional command and control of 90-94 fastball along with curve, slider, change-up. 1.72 ERA in 37 innings in Low-A, 38/5 K/BB reflecting outstanding command.
Joe Jimenez, RHP, Tigers: Signed as a free agent in 2013 from Puerto Rico, yet another hard-thrower in the mid/upper-90s, also has a good slider and throws strikes. Age 20. 1.66 ERA with 35/7 K/BB in 22 innings in Low-A, just 12 hits, has seven saves. Closer projection.
Jairo Labourt, LHP, Blue Jays: Signed as a free agent in 2011 from Dominican Republic, well-built lefty with hard sinker in 90-94 range, slider and change-up need more consistency. Age 21. 3.65 ERA with 50/36 K/BB in 57 innings in High-A, just 43 hits, but control needs work.
Keury Mella, RHP, Giants: From the Dominican Republic, 21 years old, works with low-90s sinker and a very good curveball, ground ball generator. 2.95 ERA with 54/18 K/BB in 55 innings in High-A, projects as mid-rotation arm.
Frank Montas, RHP, White Sox: From the Dominican Republic, 22 years old, can hit 96-100 MPH and has a very good slider to go with it. 2.55 ERA this year with 48/25 K/BB in 60 innings in Double-A, just 46 hits. Could be mid-rotation guy or a more dominant bullpen arm in time.
Alex Reyes, RHP Cardinals: From the Dominican Republic, signed as a free agent in 2012, another hard-thrower with a mid/upper-90s fastball and a greatly improved breaking ball. Age 20, has 2.08 ERA with 90/30 K/BB in 61 innings in High-A, just 47 hits. Top of the rotation potential makes him the most exciting arm on the list, if healthy: he just went on the disabled list.