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Prospect Bulletin: The Braves’ Next Wave

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Myrtle Beach pitching coach Kent Willis has seen plenty of prospects during his 15+ years as a minor league coach and pitching coordinator. But few pitching coaches have the chance to work with a group as talented as the one Willis has had this year—Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado and J.J. Hoover are all likely shoo-ins for next year's Braves Top 10 Prospects list.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Bulletin

Brackman, Betances Having Bounceback Years For Yankees

Bubba Brown -Premium Content

The similarities between Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances are striking. Brackman, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, and Betances, 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, are both giant, power-armed righthanders who signed with the Yankees for seven-figure bonuses. Yet coming into this season, both pitchers had yet to live up to their promise, marred by injury and inconsistency.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Bulletin

Hellickson Keeps Adding Pitches

Bubba Brown -Premium Content

Using a repertoire consisting of a four-seam fastball, changeup and curveball, Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson dominated hitters last season. Why then, did Hellickson feel the need to add two pitches—a two-seam fastball and a cutter—to his already sterling offerings? Because he knows that finding success at the major league level is a lot different than shutting down Triple-A lineups.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Bulletin