2015 MLB Futures Game: United States Team Pitchers
Here’s a brief look at the members of the 2015 MLB Futures Game United States Team pitching staff.
Mark Appel, RHP, Astros: Age 23, drafted in first round out of Stanford in 2013, 5.02 ERA this year with 50/25 K/BB in 66 innings between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno. Throws three quality pitches for strikes but results remain inconsistent; he’ll dominate at times but will also have games where he gets blasted early. A talented enigma.
Tyler Beede, RHP, Giants: Age 22, first round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2014, 2.24 ERA with 37/9 K/BB for High-A San Jose this spring, followed by 5.01 ERA with 13/9 K/BB in 23 innings for Double-A Richmond. Low-to-mid-90s heat with plus change-up and improved curveball, command can be inconsistent but overpowering at his best.
Zach Davies,RHP, Orioles: Age 22, drafted in 26th round in 2011 from high school in Mesquite, Arizona, having a strong season for Triple-A Norfolk: 2.94 ERA, 67/27 K/BB in 70 innings. Lightly-built at 6-0, 150 pounds, fastball is in upper-80s but plays up due to contrast with superb change-up and good curveball. Has been durable thus far despite frame.
Carl Edwards, Jr., RHP, Cubs: Formerly known as C.J. Edwards, Carl was drafted by the Rangers in the 48th round from high school in Prosperity, South Carolina, in 2011 then was traded to the Cubs in 2013. Converted to relief this year at age 23, 2.95 ERA with 50/26 K/BB in 37 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. Up to 94 MPH in bullpen with above-average curveball and change-up, note outstanding K/IP ratio.
Amir Garrett, LHP, Reds: Age 23, drafted in 22nd round in 2011 but didn’t turn to baseball full-time until 2014 after playing college basketball at St. John’s. Has made rapid progress since, posting 3.00 ERA with 80/31 K/BB in 72 innings for High-A Daytona. Can hit 95 with 6-5, 210 frame, breaking ball and change-up developing.
Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals: Age 20, first round pick in 2012 from Studio City, California, famous Tommy John survivor has 3.55 ERA with 59/13 K/BB in 46 innings for High-A Potomac, strikeout rate reflects quality of 93-96 MPH heater (sometimes faster) with nasty curveball and steadily developing change-up. May be top right-handed pitching prospect in baseball.
Sean Newcomb, LHP, Angels: Age 22, drafted in first round in 2014 from University of Hartford, 2.56 ERA with 101/40 K/BB in 77 innings between Low-A Burlington and High-A Inland Empire. Few lefties can match his fastball/curveball combination though change-up is still inconsistent and overall command needs more polish.
Aaron Nola, RHP, Phillies: Age 22, 1.91 ERA with 73/11 K/BB in 89 innings between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, 2014 first-rounder out of Louisiana State has blown through minor league competition with little difficulty. Doesn’t throw massively hard on the gun (low-90s) but secondary pitches are all strong and his command and mound presence are terrific.
Colin Rea, RHP, Padres: Age 24, 25 tomorrow, drafted in 12th round in 2011 out of Indiana State. Massive step forward this year for Double-A San Antonio, with a 1.08 ERA (not a typo) and a 60/11 K/BB in 75 innings with just 50 hits allowed. The Iowa native has a low-90s fastball and has developed an outstanding breaking ball while making huge progress with his command.
Blake Snell, LHP, Rays: Age 22, compensation round pick in 2011 from high school in Shoreline, Washington, 6-4 lefty with 1.22 ERA and 88/35 K/BB in 74 innings this year between High-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, just 45 hits allowed. Killer slider and low-90s sinker with decent change-up give him mid-rotation potential at least.