Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Top 15 Bullpen Prospects - Season 13

Again, my opinion. Guys must project to be a reliever (LR/Setup/Closer) and may not have appeared in an ML game. Enjoy!
1. (prev:1) Guillermo Sivilla New Orleans – DraftRd1Sea12 - Proj: 86 – ETA: Season 16 - The top relief prospect in the game. Nasty two-pitch combo. Saved 22 games between Low A and High A with a sub 2.87 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
2. (prev:2) Trever Stratton Buffalo – DraftSea11Rd1 – Proj: 76 – ETA: Season 15 – Best closer prospect in the game. Will be an all-star and perennial contender for the Fireman of the Year. A perfect 20 for 20 in saves in AA, although abnormally high ERA and WHIP are concerning.
3. (prev:4) Geraldo Sanchez Florida – IFASea11 – Proj: 79 – ETA – Season 15 –One of the top closer prospects in the game. Should compete for multiple Fireman of the Year awards. Outperformed higher rated prospects in AA.
4. (prev:3) Tom Holmes Oakland – DraftSea12Rd1 – Proj: 83 – ETA: Season 15 – Versitile enough to fulfill any relief duty. One of the top relief prospects in the game. Looking to rebound from an average season in AA.
5. (prev:7) Gordon Allensworth Vancouver – DraftSea12Rd1 – Proj: 78 – ETA: Season 15 – Fireballer that will dominant lefties and hold his own against righties. Solid with all-star potential. A perfect 17 for 17 between High A and AA.
6. (prev: NR) Lorenzo Guillen San Jose - IFASea13 - Proj: 80 - ETA: Season 18 -An absolute steal on the IFA market, He's going to make a lot of owners foolish for blowing their IFA money early in the season.
7. (prev:8) Rex Sweeney Oakland – DraftSea12Rd1* - Proj: 77 – ETA: Season 17 – Talented rookie destined to be one of the top long relievers in
the game. A little weak vs. righties. Solid, but not spectacular, season in AA.
8. (prev:10) Greg Shelley Florida – DraftSea11Rd1 – Proj: 78 – ETA: Season 16 – Saved 24 games for the High A Orange. Will be a nice closer for many years. Saved 30 out of 35 games in High A after his trade to Florida.
9. (prev:NR) Ryan Green Cleveland - DraftRd1Sea13 - Proj: 78 - ETA: Season 17 - Could be the best long reliever in the game once he breaks into the ML. Elite control, makeup, and patience.
10. (prev: NR) Yamid Astacio Florida - IFASea13 - Proj: 76 - ETA: Season 19 - Overpaid prospect with the stuff to be elite. May be slowed by inadequate durabiltiy for the bullpen. Solid season in the Rookie league.
11. (prev:13) Willie Martinez Durham – IFASea9 – Proj: 73 – ETA: Season 14 – He saved 23 games for the AA Bears and has a chance to be the closer of the future for Durham. In line for a promotion to teh bigs in Season 14 after a solid AAA campaign.
12. (prev:14) Justin Cedeno Minnesota – DraftSea12Rd1 – Proj: 74 – ETA: Season 17 – Talented rookie with great control and vs. RH. Will be a quality Setup man at the worst. Progressing on schedule.
13. (prev:15)Hod Boudreau Durham – DraftSea11Rd2 – Proj: 74 – ETA: Season 16 – Lefty with one of the top change-ups in the game. Trouble with righties may keep him from closing at the ML level. Solid Season 13 in High A.
14. (prev:12) Quinn Ruebel Vancouver – DraftSea10Rd14 - Proj: 73 – ETA: Season 15 –This draft day gem has a chance to make an impact at the ML level in a setup role. Roughed up in AAA and losing ranking position.
15. (prev: NR) Eswalin Alou New York - IFASea12 - Proj: 74 - ETA: Season 15 - Solid ratings and production makes this newcomer to the list a sure bet for the ML.

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