Today we look at the A’s starting pitching depth in the minor leagues. I realize that the
So let’s check out the prospects.
Pitching prospects! Not the prospects for…you know. Jeez, get you minds out of the gutter.
Projected (by lovable, furry me) 2010 minor league rotations, full season leagues. The number in parenthesis represents the player’s age in 2010.
Graham Godfrey (25)
James Simmons (23)
Clayton Mortensen (25)
Travis Banwart (24)
Kyle Middleton (30)
Probably the least appealing starting 5 in the A’s system, there’s a decent chance that Justin Souza (who’s been shelled with the RockHounds since coming over in a trade) could take the place of Middleton. I basically made Middleton the 5th guy ‘cause he pitched well enough as a mid-season FA signing that I think he deserves to use pro ball as a means to put food on the table in 2010. Godfrey and Mortensen will be at that magic age where they’ll either prove that they’ve got what it takes to get a shot as a SP or move into the bullpen. Simmons is plenty young to turn things around but the numbers say he pitches up in the zone too much and he doesn’t have the blazing fastball (or the nasty breaking curveball) to get away with that. The man needs a 2-seam fastball, stat! Banwart didn’t exactly overwhelm the Texas League but he finished the year pitching decent and there are younger, more talented arms that I’d like to see in
Tyson Ross (23)
Anthony Capra (23)
Ben Hornbeck (22)
Justin Souza (24)
Starting with the old guy first, Souza pitched well in the Southern League before becoming a RockHound so let’s not judge the guy solely on his 5 GS in the Texas League. Carlos Hernandez got called back up to Midland for the play-off run but he’s going to need better pixie dust next year to thrive in AA. Still, put him in the running for the 5th spot in
Pedro Figueroa (24)
Ken Smalley (22)
Shawn Haviland (24)
Julio Ramos (22)
The return of DLS to full season ball is the highlight of this bunch and A’s fans can only hope his stay in
Murphy Smith (22)
Anvioris Ramirez (22)
Daniel Strailey (21)
Ronny Morla (22)
Ramirez put up solid numbers for the Cougars in a late season audition and it looks like that’s where he’ll be starting again in 2010. Morla had strong strike out numbers for
The system lacks an overwhelming, Ace-like SP prospect (sorry Inoa, you’ve got to actually get into a couple games before I go there) but there is solid depth and enough potential that we could see a couple break-out candidates. Leon, Ramos, Ramirez and Morla represent a rebirth of the Latin American SP prospect in the
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