Over the last two months I have brought you inordinate amount of pitchers names. And as the minor season really begins to gear up, some of these names will be lost amongst the masses of more to come. In the coming week look for more content to be added to our home page titled “Watch List”. We are deep enough into the season where Marc and I can start “tagging” kids as those who have the possibility of making an impact as they work through their respective systems. I have 10 pitchers where I have placed the “watch” label already this season. Some, Brady Lail (LoA Charleston – New York Yankees) for example, is already making in-roads towards a breakout season. As we roll into June, we will see the remaining seven leagues within the low minors begin play, starting with the Dominican Summer League on June 1st. These leagues will be the breeding hotbeds for next top prospects and our goal remains the same……expose those who fly “under the radar”. Here’s todays list….enjoy your Memorial Day and please take the time to reflect on what this day is all about……..
Eudis Idrogo (VSL Tigers – Detroit) 18 years old
4.1 Innings, 3 Hits, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K – SP\TPS .065
*3-Time UTR POD Mention – Ok, normally this stat line wouldn’t make the cut, but to keep with the theme Im officially placing this kid on the “watch list”. Three outings doesn’t a make a pitcher, but this left-hander has now made the UTR Mention each of those three starts. Before yesterday’s game, Idrogo’s had a .089 cSR\TPS over 83.2 IP, as this is his 3rd season in the VSL. This start showed some control issues, as he has only issued one walk over the last 10 innings. But being in the VSL, he may have been working on another type of offering that just wasn’t hitting the zone. I know that I need to reserve the hype until this kid hits the States, but Im sure hoping that his visa papers are being processed and that we will see him throwing innings in the Gulf Coast League, after June 20.
SP Ryan Newell (LoA Greensboro – Miami) 22 years old
6 Innings, 0 Hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, Win (4-4) – SP\TPS .094
SP Chris Kirsch (LoA Bowling Green – Tampa Bay) 22 years old
7 Innings, 3 Hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – SP\TPS .157
*The 14th Rd pick from 2012 comes out with a solid outing to build from his last start on May 19th (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). He needs to miss more bats and work within the outer perimeters of the strike zone. He has already surrendered 8 home runs over his 48.1 innings. One bright spot for Kirsch is his 51% GB rate. Something to expand upon if he’s able to pitch to contact, but right now….right-handed batters are making the contact (.302 BA) with 7 of those 8 HR’s.
SP Ranger Suarez (VSL Phillies – Philadelphia) 18 years old
6 Innings, 2 Hits, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, Win (1-0) – SP\TPS .058
SP Greg Ross (HiA Lynchburg – Atlanta) 24 years old
8 Innings, 5 Hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Win (4-1) – cSR\TPS .109