The 2016 Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects

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1. Jeremy Rhoades, RHP                                           
Born: 02/12/93 Age: 23 Bats: R Top CALs: Jasner Severino, Brandon Barker,

Kevin Comer, Dan Griffin, Billy Muldowney

Height: 6-4 Weight: 225 Throws: R
 

YEAR Age Level IP W L ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 K% BB% HR/9 LOB%
2014 21 R 38.7 2 1 4.42 4.29 9.31 3.49 23.1% 8.7% 0.70 62.7%
2015 22 A 87.0 5 5 2.69 3.03 8.07 1.97 22.2% 5.4% 0.41 77.1%
2015 22 A+ 50.7 4 5 8.35 6.54 10.13 3.20 24.1% 7.6% 2.49 57.6%

Background: One of my favorite arms, especially as a sleeper type, in the entire 2014 draft class. And needless to say I thought the Los Angeles front office found one helluva deal in grabbing Rhoades in the fourth round two years ago, the 119th overall player selected. Rhoades, another wiry right-hander, spent the majority of his first two seasons working out of Illinois State’s bullpen where he made 43 total appearances, six of which were starts, all coming during his freshman season. But Rhoades had a major coming out party during his sophomore campaign when he posted a 1.37 ERA while fanning 37 and walking 10 in 41.0 innings of work. I’d like to think that my perpetual finger-crossing helped convince the university’s head coach, Mark Kingston, to push the promising reliever into the rotation, though it might not be the case. Anyway, Rhoades became a revelation during his final season with the school: 76.2 IP, 92 punch outs, 25 walks, and a 2.35 ERA.

Rhoades had a promising debut in rookie ball after his selection in the amateur draft: he posted a 40-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 38.2 innings. Last season the front office bumped the 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander up to the Midwest League and he was as a strong as I would have guessed: he fanned 78, walked 19, and posted a 3.03 FIP in 87.0 innings. Rhoades got the bump up to the California League in mid-July and his numbers took a left turn at wacky. He still missed a whole lot of bats (10.13 K/9), limited walks well enough (3.20), but finished with an 8.35 ERA and a 6.54 FIP.

Projection: First off, here’s what I wrote two years ago during his pre-draft evaluation:

“Sneaky upside here. A team will likely be tempted to push Rhoades back into the bullpen and fast-track him to the big leagues, but, again, the real value comes from his spot in the rotation. Strong, strong control. The ability to miss bats jumped to a premium this season, despite having worked the majority of his innings out of the rotation. And similar numbers in the Cape last season: 21.1 IP, 19 K’s, and 8 BB’s. You don’t have to squint to hard too hard to see a potential fringe #3-type arm here.”

Secondly, some updated analysis: I still remain high on the former Illinois State University hurler. He’s continued to miss a whole lot of bats in the professional level and the control has remained a constant as well. His one singular downfall so far has been his propensity to surrender the long ball – quite often, particularly when he got the call up to High Class A. But here’s some encouragement: Rhoades’ homerun rate is going to regress – and push his ceiling higher – thanks to an above-average groundball rate. He’s a quality #3/#4-type arm.

Ceiling: 2.0-win player

Risk: Moderate

MLB ETA: 2017

 

2. Nate Smith, LHP                                                 
Born: 08/28/91 Age: 24 Bats: L Top CALs:   Michael O’Brien, Tanner Roark,

Paul Clemens, Brett Oberholtzer, Ryan Searle

Height: 6-3 Weight: 205 Throws: L
 

YEAR Age Level IP W L ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 K% BB% HR/9 LOB%
2013 21 R 35.0 2 2 3.86 4.75 7.97 1.80 21.8% 4.9% 1.03 66.0%
2014 22 A+ 55.7 6 3 3.07 3.37 8.25 2.26 23.2% 6.4% 0.49 65.0%
2014 22 AA 62.3 5 3 2.89 3.04 9.67 4.33 26.3% 11.8% 0.43 77.2%
2015 23 AA 101.7 8 4 2.48 3.90 7.17 2.48 19.6% 6.8% 0.89 82.8%
2015 23 AAA 36.0 2 4 7.75 6.10 5.75 3.75 13.3% 8.7% 1.75 50.8%

Background: Hailing from Furman University as an eighth round pick in 2013, Smith, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound southpaw, had a chance to be one of the school’s most successful big league alum. Of course, it should be noted that since the mid-1920s only nine players from the college have appeared in the big leagues with Jimmie Coker, Jerry Martin, Tom Mastny, and Rick Wilkins as the only alums to appear in more than six games. Anyway, Smith has been a fast-riser, not only in the Angels’ system but also through the minors as well. After throwing 35.0 innings in the Pioneer League during his debut, the organization aggressively promoted the lefty up to High Class A to begin the next season. And Smith responded in kind: He made 10 starts for Inland Empire, throwing 55.2 innings while posting 51-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio – enough production to convince the front office he was ready for the Texas League. And once again, he handled the promotion with ease: 62.1 innings, 67 K, and 30 BB. But the torrid stretch didn’t end there either. Smith tossed another 22.0 innings in the Arizona Fall League two years ago as well, where he continued to miss bats (8.6 K/9) with solid-average control (3.3 BB/9). The Angels had the then-23-year-old hurler repeat Class AA last season, and in 17 starts he fanned 104 and walked just 28 before getting a brief – and disastrous – seven-game look in the Pacific Coast League.

Projection: A nice little find out of small school in the mid-rounds two years ago. Smith has a chance to develop into a backend big league starter. His work in Class AAA should prove to be nothing more than a speed bump: his strand rate was barely over 50% and his homerun rate spiked to an unreasonable 1.75 HR/9. Smith is far from dominant, but is no worse than a solid middle relief/setup man out of the pen. CAL links him to a couple backend arms like Paul Clemons and Brett Oberholtzer with a surprise comparison to Tanner Roark. Don’t sleep on Smith.

Ceiling: 1.5-win player

Risk: Moderate

MLB ETA: 2016

 

3. Taylor Ward, C                                                              
Born: 12/14/93 Age: 22 Bats: R Top CALs: Juan Fuentes, Charlie Cutler,

Beau Taylor, Jamie Ritchie, Camden Maron

Height: 6-1 Weight: 180 Throws: R
 

Season Age LVL PA 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG ISO BB% K% wRC+
2015 21 R 141 4 1 2 0.349 0.489 0.459 0.110 20.6% 5.7% 156
2015 21 A 103 3 0 1 0.348 0.412 0.413 0.065 9.7% 14.6% 145

Background: Widely panned as a one of the biggest reaches, if not the biggest reach, in the opening round last June. Needless to say, the Angels surprised more than a few scouts and pundits by taking the Fresno State University backstop with the 26th overall pick. But it was the Angels who initially got the last laugh. After torching the Mountain West Conference during his final two seasons with the Bulldogs, Taylor, who was originally drafted in the 31st round by the Rays back in 2012 as a prep player, made quick work of the Pioneer League during his debut, hitting a robust .349/.489/.459 with four doubles, one triple, and a pair of homeruns while swiping five bags in seven attempts. The club would eventually bump the 6-foot-1, 180-pound backstop up to full-season ball and he didn’t miss a beat – or anything else. In 24 games with Burlington, Ward mashed .348/.412/.413 with three more doubles and one homerun. Overall, he finished the year with an aggregate .348/.457/.438 triple-slash line.

Projection: A promising receiver that displayed a tremendous feel for the strike zone over his final two seasons with Fresno State – he sported a 63-to-63 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 116 games – and that continued into the low levels of the minors; he actually finished with 16 more walks than strikeouts in pro ball. Ward isn’t going to offer up a whole lot of power in the minors, specifically when he gets past High Class A, but a catcher with gap power, a strong eye at the plate, and some defensive value will certainly make some waves as a potential every day big leaguer.

Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player

Risk: Moderate

MLB ETA: 2018

 

4. Kyle Kubitza, 2B/3B/LF                                           
Born: 07/15/90 Age: 25 Bats: L Top CALs: Mike Costanzo, Mike Walker,

Cole Gillespie, Logan Forsythe, Jai Miller

Height: 6-3 Weight: 210 Throws: R
 

Season Age LVL PA 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG ISO BB% K% wRC+
2013 22 A+ 527 28 6 12 0.260 0.380 0.434 0.175 15.2% 25.0% 130
2014 23 AA 529 31 11 8 0.295 0.405 0.470 0.175 14.6% 25.1% 145
2015 24 AAA 526 43 5 7 0.271 0.357 0.433 0.162 11.4% 23.8% 112
2015 24 MLB 39 0 0 0 0.194 0.256 0.194 0.000 7.7% 38.5% 32

Background: Acquired from the Braves last January for Nate Hyatt and Ricardo Sanchez, Kubitza continued to show some offensive promise with the bat during his first year with his new organization. Making his Class AAA debut, the lefty-swinging third baseman batted a solid .271/.357/.433 with a career best 43 doubles, five triples, and seven homeruns while going 7-for-8 in the stolen base department. It marked the sixth consecutive time that the former third round pick out Texas State University not only posted a Weighted Runs Created Plus total above 100, but also finished the year with a walk rate north of 10%, an Isolated Power above .150, and a BABIP topping .333. For his career, Kubitza is sporting a .271/.376/.436 triple-slash line with 142 doubles, 34 triples, 37 homeruns, and 63 stolen bases.

Projection: Here’s what I wrote in last year’s book:

“Wade Boggs made a career out of being the non-typical third baseman, as did Bill Mueller and a variety of others. But [Kubitza’s] not Boggs – or Mueller for that matter. Kubitza’s a solid depth guy who should probably add some positional versatility to help his big league chances.”

Kubitza did just that: add positional versatility to his resume within the last year. He made a couple appearances at first base with Licey in the Dominican Winter League and, according to RotoWire, worked out at second base. Kubitza handles southpaws and right-handers equally well, will take a walk, and flash some serious gap power. His strikeout rate has always tended to toe the line between moderation and problematic, so it’ll be interesting to see how he responds with extended big league looks. Again, fringy everyday guy.

Ceiling: 1.5-win player

Risk: Low to Moderate

MLB ETA: Debuted in 2015

 

5. Victor Alcantara, RHP                                             
Born: 04/03/93 Age: 23 Bats: R Top CALs: Josh Ravin, Anthony Ortega,

Jose Ramirez, Myles Jaye, Josh Wall

Height: 6-2 Weight: 190 Throws: R
 

YEAR Age Level IP W L ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 K% BB% HR/9 LOB%
2015 22 A+ 136.0 7 12 5.63 4.37 8.27 3.84 20.4% 9.5% 0.66 59.0%

Background: Sinewy, explosive, and incredibly raw, just four years removed from making his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League – at the age of 19 no less – the 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander now sits close to the top of the Angels’ farm system – albeit an incredibly weak Angels farm system. After battling some semi-serious control/command issues in his first couple seasons – including walking 40 in 72.0 DSL innings and another 35 in 59 innings in the Pioneer League – Alcantara’s ability to locate the strike zone with regularity took another important step forward last season. In 27 starts with Inland Empire in the California League, Alcantara walked 9.5% of the total batters he faced – the first time in his young career that he walked fewer than 11.5% of the hitters he faced in any one season. The Dominican-born hurler also managed to punch out 20.4% of the hitters he faced as well, the eighth best mark among all qualified hurlers in the California League last season. For his career, Alcantara has fanned 367, walked 193, and posted a rather unsightly 4.68 ERA.

Projection: So…I was incredibly harsh on the fire-balling hurler in last year’s book, writing:

“Not to disparage his big step forward in the Midwest League that fact is Alcantara was basically pitching against an age-appropriate level of competition. On the whole, he was neither dominant nor overly impressive. He looks like a fringy starter whose strikeout rate could tick up in the pen.”

But, look, let’s call it as it is: (A) the Angels have a farm system as devoid of impact caliber talent, on either side of the ball, as any in Major League Baseball and (B) Alcantara’s production during his four-year career has never been anything noteworthy.

Here’s what the numbers have told us to this point:

  • He can miss a good amount of bats as evidenced by his career strikeout percentage is 21.4%.
  • In terms of production as measured by FIP, well, Alcantara’s been an average pitcher since coming stateside, sometimes better, sometimes worse.
  • Despite his solid strikeout ability, one which would be associated with a power arm, Alcantara has been hit fairly hard in two of the past three years as he’s surrendered BABIPs of .345 and .341.

 

Add it all up – and not to mention some unfavorable CALs – and Alcantara doesn’t look like a top-of-the-line caliber arm. In fact, as I wrote in the book two years ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up as a power-armed, high-leverage, late-inning relief arm in the near future.

Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player

Risk: Moderate to High

MLB ETA: 2018

 

6. Alex Yarbrough, 2B                                                   
Born: 08/03/91 Age: 24 Bats: B Top CALs: Charlie Culberson, Daniel Mayora

Kurt Mertins, Marcus Lemon, Scooter Gennett

Height: 6-0 Weight: 200 Throws: R
 

Season Age LVL PA 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG ISO BB% K% wRC+
2013 21 A+ 615 32 10 11 0.313 0.341 0.459 0.146 4.4% 17.2% 108
2014 22 AA 592 38 4 5 0.285 0.321 0.397 0.112 5.6% 20.9% 103
2015 23 AAA 545 29 3 3 0.236 0.274 0.324 0.088 4.8% 25.0% 56

Background: Prior to the year the switch-hitting second baseman was a bit of a dark horse candidate to leapfrog up to the top spot in the system following 2015. And then he shat the bed. Yarbrough, who was drafted in the fourth round out of the University of Mississippi, made waves during his first three seasons in pro ball. He handled the Midwest League with ease during his debut, batting .287/.320/.410 with 12 doubles and nine triples in 58 games, and followed that up with another favorable showing in the California League by hitting .313/.341/.459 with plenty of extra-base fire-power (32 doubles, 10 triples, 11 homeruns) and a smattering of speed (14-for-18 in stolen bases). He then continued to hover around the league average production line when he batted .285/.321/.397 with a 103 wRC+ total last season in Class AA as well. And, of course, the wheels fell the hell off last season. In 128 games with Salt Lake in the Pacific Coast League, the 6-foot, 200-pound infielder batted .236/.274/.324 with a career worst 56 wRC+.

Projection: Steadily consistent until 2015, Yarbrough hit the proverbial brick wall – and it damn near killed him last season. His power has been in decline since his career best showing in 2013 as it’s dropped from .146 to .112 to .088. But the most troubling statistic from last season: despite a solid-average .313 BABIP, Yarbrough’s production line still cratered. But just like two years ago, CAL is linking the once-promising second baseman to Scooter Gennett, which, again, would be his ultimate ceiling. Yarbrough could be a late-bloomer, just like CAL is suggesting. Final thought: he could be a nice little buy-low candidate for a potential trade partner.

Ceiling: 1.5-win player

Risk: Moderate

MLB ETA: Debuted in 2015

 

7. Kaleb Cowart, 3B                                                  
Born: 06/02/92 Age: 24 Bats: B Top CALs: Niko Goodrum, Edward Salcedo,

Deibinson Romero, Seth Mejias-Brean, Jared Hoying

Height: 6-3 Weight: 225 Throws: R
 

Season Age LVL PA 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG ISO BB% K% wRC+
2013 21 AA 546 20 1 6 0.221 0.279 0.301 0.080 7.0% 22.7% 65
2014 22 AA 487 18 4 6 0.223 0.295 0.324 0.101 8.8% 20.3% 77
2015 23 A+ 221 14 4 2 0.242 0.326 0.387 0.144 10.0% 19.5% 96
2015 23 AAA 253 13 3 6 0.323 0.395 0.491 0.168 11.5% 25.3% 136
2015 23 MLB 52 2 0 1 0.174 0.255 0.283 0.109 9.6% 36.5% 54

Background: Like Lazarus brought back to life, the switch-hitting third baseman has arisen from his deep slumber, one that clouded his once-promising sheen. Taken in the middle of first round in 2010, just picks ahead of Mike Foltynewicz, Christian Yelich, and fellow organization-mate Cam Bedrosian, Cowart had a solid showing in the Pioneer League at the age 19 in 2011, hitting .283/.345/.420 with solid pop. He followed that up with a dominant burst in the Midwest the next year – he batted .293/348/.479 with 16 doubles, three triples, and nine homeruns – but cooled a bit when the organization pushed him up to Inland Empire during the second half (.259/.366/.426). And then it went dark, like the Northeast Blackout of 2003 that affected 45 million people in eight states and another 10 million in Ontario, Canada. The blackout, on a side note, began just minutes away from my childhood home when a tree came in contact with a 345kV transmission line in Walton Hills, Ohio.

Anyway, sorry, now back to Cowart.

The former 18th overall pick looked lost in Class AA in 2013; he batted a putrid .221/.279/.301. And he promptly followed that up with another rancid Class AA line: .223/.295/.324. He also struggled mightily during his trip the Arizona Fall League that year, hitting .185/.224/.259. But something seemed to click for Cowart in 2015, though not initially.

The Angels bounced him all the way back down to High Class A to begin the year, where he promptly batted .163/.217/.276 in his first 25 games. And just like that he figured it out – again. Over his next 26 games with Inland Empire he slugged .323/.426/.500 and then continued to mash when the club promoted him all the way to the PCL (.323/.395/.491). Cowart eventually earned a 34-game stint with the big league club too.

Projection: Where to begin, honestly? Cowart once looked like a solid #6-type stick when he was originally an up-and-comer. Then his bat took a long hiatus where he was as effective as I would be battling against Class AA arms. Finally, he rebounds and looks even better than he previously showed during his early seasons.

Obviously, there’s a ton of risk involved here, and his work in Anaheim only adds to that. Even during his down times he showed a solid eye at the plate, with reasonable contact skills. The power, while it’s in the double-digit homerun area, doesn’t play very well at the hot corner. Add it up and he looks like a fringy every day guy, one that’s probably better suited for a Quad-A role.

Ceiling: 1.5-win player

Risk: Moderate to High

MLB ETA: Debuted in 2015

 

8. Joe Gatto, RHP                                                           
Born: 06/14/95 Age: 21 Bats: R Top CALs: Andres Santiago, Carter Hope,

Luis Pina, Reinaldo Lopez, Igol Feliz

Height: 6-3 Weight: 204 Throws: R
 

YEAR Age Level IP W L ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 K% BB% HR/9 LOB%
2014 19 R 2.0 0 0 4.50 9.53 4.50 0.00 12.5% 0.0% 4.50 100.0%
2014 19 R 25.0 2 1 5.40 4.55 5.40 3.24 13.0% 7.8% 0.36 62.5%
2015 20 R 54.3 2 3 4.31 4.64 6.29 2.82 16.2% 7.3% 0.66 69.9%

Background: Gatto, who was one of just two prep players taken by the franchise in the first 33 rounds two years ago, is also the sole holdover remaining of the club’s first three selections – thanks to the trades of Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis in the Andrelton Simmons deal with Atlanta. A 6-foot-3 right-hander, Gatto spent the year with Orem, posting a 38-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54.1 innings.

Projection: There’s really nothing to go off of here, just 81.1 innings. And even then it’s not all that promising. Personally, I find it downright concerning when a high round prep arm fails to miss a whole lot of bats in the lowest levels of the minors. He’s fanned just 15.2% of the total batters he faced so far. Still, though, it’s a very limited sample size. We’ll see what 2016 brings.

Ceiling: Too Soon to Tell

Risk: N/A

MLB ETA: N/A

 

9. Tyler DeLoach, LHP                                                   
Born: 04/12/91 Age: 25 Bats: R Top CALs: Robert Hinton, Ronald Uviedo,

Steve Johnson, William Cuevas, Dellin Betances

Height: 6-6 Weight: 240 Throws: L
 

YEAR Age Level IP W L ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 K% BB% HR/9 LOB%
2013 22 A 70.0 5 5 3.34 3.21 10.16 2.83 27.9% 7.8% 0.64 70.4%
2014 23 A+ 112.0 10 4 3.21 4.00 9.80 3.94 25.5% 10.2% 0.48 73.8%
2014 23 AA 35.3 4 0 2.29 3.97 9.93 4.33 27.5% 12.0% 0.76 86.6%
2015 24 AA 45.0 3 2 2.40 3.30 8.40 2.00 23.5% 5.6% 0.60 79.5%
2015 24 AAA 94.3 2 6 6.20 4.87 8.68 4.48 21.7% 11.2% 1.05 63.9%

Background: A massive 6-foot-6, 240-pound southpaw taken in the 26th round in 2012 out of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, DeLoach has perpetually been on my radar as a sleeper pick. Back in 2013, his sophomore campaign, DeLoach made 13 starts with Burlington in the Midwest League while averaging 10.2 punch outs and just 2.8 walks per nine innings. He followed that up by splitting the season between Inland Empire and Arkansas, throwing 147.1, more than double his previous career high, with 161 strikeouts, 66 walks, and an aggregate 3.36 ERA. Last year the promising lefty was bounced between the Texas and Pacific Coast Leagues, averaging 8.6 punch outs and 3.7 walks per nine innings. For his career, DeLoach has fanned 24.7% and walked 10.3% of the total hitters he’s faced thus far.

Projection: In my first book three years ago I ranked the big southpaw as the club’s ninth best prospect, writing at that time:

“Very, very interesting. Big, big frame. Huge K-rate. Solid control. Definitely a breakout candidate for next season.”

Then in last year’s book I bumped him down a couple slots, more indicative of some of the higher-ceiling arms the team drafted, and wrote:

“DeLoach took to Class AA like a fish in water. In his second and third starts, both coming against Corpus Christi, he posted a 19-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The big lefty out of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington still largely flies under the radar largely because of his age and level of competition. But if he can even come close to duplicating his 2014 success, he might find himself on the outer fringes of the game’s top 100. Right now, DeLoach looks like a backend arm or dominant late-inning reliever.”

Well, DeLoach did come close to replicating his 2014 production last year – sort of. He missed nearly a bat per inning with slightly subpar control. But some of his underlying numbers in the PCL were a bit wacky: he walked 11.2% of the hitters he faced, the second highest mark of his career; his BABIP was .366; he surrendered 1.05 homeruns per nine innings; and he finished with the highest FIP, 4.87, of his four-year pro career.

DeLoach, who’s entering his age-25 season, might not get too many more looks as a potential starting candidate – especially once big league injuries strike. But tall lefties with decent control and the ability to miss bats always get a few chances to realize their potential.

Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player

Risk: Moderate

MLB ETA: 2016

 

10. Eduardo Paredes, RHP                                         
Born: 03/06/95 Age: 21 Bats: R Top CALs: Francisco Jimenez, Abel De Los Santos,

Jose Fernandez, Cortland Cox, Joe Jimenez

Height: 6-1 Weight: 170 Throws: R
 

YEAR Age Level IP W L ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 K% BB% HR/9 LOB%
2013 18 R 22.3 2 1 2.82 3.23 5.64 1.61 14.4% 4.1% 0.40 72.8%
2014 19 R 20.3 2 1 1.33 2.60 13.72 3.54 37.8% 9.8% 0.00 79.0%
2015 20 A 42.0 0 2 1.71 1.99 12.64 1.71 35.8% 4.9% 0.43 81.6%
2015 20 A+ 13.3 0 0 4.73 2.28 8.78 1.35 23.6% 3.6% 0.00 53.3%

Background: A less-than-imposing lefty with a penchant for big punch out totals. Paredes made it up to full-season ball in 2015 after spending parts of the three previous seasons making his way from the Dominican Summer League (twice) and a quick jaunt through with Orem in the Pioneer League. And the 6-oot-1, 170-pound right-hander looked at ease in the Midwest and California Leagues last year. In 37 games with Burlington, Paredes tossed 42.0 innings and racked up an incredible 59 strikeouts and issued just eight walks. He followed that up with another 13 punch outs – as well as seven free passes – in 13.1 innings. For his career, the dominant young reliever has fanned over 30% of the total batters to dig in against him.

Projection: A fast-moving righty that could conceivably be called up by June 2017. Paredes has been a dominant force during his four-year professional career, offering up huge strikeout totals and barely-there walk totals. And just to add some context to this: among all hurlers with at least 50+ innings last season, at any level (minus the Mexican League), Paredes finished 10th in strikeout-to-walk percentage with 28.2%. He’s going to be a force.

Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player

Risk: Moderate

MLB ETA: 2017

 

 

Author’s Note: All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.com.



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.