League Top 20 Prospects

Pioneer Top 20 Prospects List With Scouting Reports





FIVE YEARS AGO
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1. *Jay Bruce, of, Billings (Reds)
2. Charlie Fermaint, of, Helena (Brewers)
3. Hainley Statia, ss, Orem (Angels)
4. *Angel Salome, c, Helena (Brewers)
5. Francisco Hernandez, c, Great Falls (White Sox)
6. Stephen Marek, rhp, Orem (Angels)
7. *Dexter Fowler, of, Casper (Rockies)
8. Chaz Roe, rhp, Casper (Rockies)
9. *Jose Arredondo, rhp, Orem (Angels)
10. Will Inman, rhp, Helena (Brewers)
11. *Greg Smith, lhp, Missoula (Diamondbacks)
12. *Bobby Mosebach, rhp, Orem (Angels)
13. Juan Rivera, ss, Ogden (Dodgers)
14. *Mark Trumbo, 1b, Orem (Angels)
15. Chris McConnell, ss, Idaho Falls (Royals)
16. Brandon Roberts, of, Billings (Reds)
17. *Mat Gamel, 3b, Helena (Brewers)
18. Corey Wimberly, inf, Casper (Rockies)
19. *Brandon Allen, 1b, Great Falls (White Sox)
20. Ivan De Jesus Jr., ss, Ogden (Dodgers)
*Has played in major leagues
Baseball America's League Top 20 lists are generated from consultations with scouts and league managers. To qualify for consideration, a player must have spent at least one-third of the season in a league. Position players must have one plate appearance for every league game. Pitchers must pitch 1/3 inning for every league game, and relievers have to have made at least 20 appearances in full-season leagues and 10 in short-season ones.

A year ago, the Angels (led by Garrett Richards and Pat Corbin) and Diamondbacks (led by Bobby Borchering and Chris Owings) sent a total of 10 players selected in the top five rounds of the 2009 draft to the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where they joined a brigade of premium teenage prospects that included Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Jean Segura and Nolan Arenado.

No such situation developed this season, when the four teams with the league's oldest rosters—Great Falls, Helena, Orem and Ogden—qualified for the playoffs. Not a single 2010 first-round pick spent any meaningful time in the PL, though second-round righthanders J.R. Bradley, Jimmy Nelson and Daniel Tillman did. Despite being the highest drafted player in the league (56th overall by the Diamondbacks), Bradley went 1-7, 5.93 for Missoula and showed that he had a lot to learn about the fine points of pitching.

The league's No. 1 prospect was another second-rounder, 2009 draftee Billy Hamilton. The Billings second baseman terrorized pitchers with his speed, hitting .318 with league bests in stolen bases (48) and triples (10).

Billings righthander Kyle Lotzkar and Helena righthander Tyler Thornburg impressed PL observers but didn't play enough to qualify for this Top 20 Prospects list. A supplemental first-round pick in 2007 who's still just 20, Lotzkar returned from Tommy John surgery to go 2-0, 0.45 with a 33-2 K-BB ratio in 20 innings.

1. Billy Hamilton, 2b/ss, Billings Mustangs (Reds)
Age: 19. B-T: B-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 160. Drafted: HS—Taylorsville, Miss., '09 (2).
Hamilton's speed and instant acceleration left Pioneer League managers breathless. "I'm not sure I've seen a kid faster than Hamilton," Great Falls' Chris Cron said.

Orem pitched out six times in an attempt to catch Hamilton stealing, but didn't get him. One scout clocked him at 3.65 seconds to first base from the left side, making him an easy 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale.

A natural righthanded batter with wiry strength, Hamilton has been switch-hitting only for the past two years. He likes to put the ball in play and run, and with two strikes he'll begin running before finishing his swing, a la Ichiro Suzuki. Power won't be a factor with Hamilton's hitting approach, but he could develop into a Luis Castillo type who can hit for a high average, lead the league in steals and play elite defense.

Though he played mostly second base in deference to Reds third-rounder Devin Lohman, Hamilton showed plus-plus range and a solid arm that might play at shortstop. He committed just six errors in 55 games at second.
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
283 61 90
13 10 2 24 28
56 48 9 .318 .383 .456
 
2. Albert Campos, rhp, Casper Ghosts (Rockies)
Age: 19. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 222. Signed: Venezuela '07.
A relative unknown in his first year in the United States, Campos distinguished himself with his repertoire, physical build and future projection. After mostly relieving during two years in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League, he took to a starting role at Casper. He led the league in ERA (2.05), innings (88), opponent average (.244) and WHIP (1.10) and was an easy choice as PL pitcher of the year.

"He was very mature for his age," Helena manager Joe Ayrault said, "and had a great idea how to pitch."

Campos has long, strong legs and an upper body that only will get stronger. That portends good things for a fastball that ranges from 88-93 mph and sits at 90-91 with sink. He holds that velocity deep into starts, delivering the pitch from a high three-quarters arm slot with good downhill plane to the plate.

Campos goes to his late-breaking, high-70s curveball as a strikeout pitch, and he developed his changeup during the season. Just five of 11 basestealers succeeded against him because he's so quick to the plate—a consistent 1.25 seconds by one account.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
15
15
4 4 0 2.05
88
80
29 20 5 17 68 .244
 
3. Daniel Tillman, rhp, Orem Owlz (Angels)
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185. Drafted: Florida Southern, '10 (2).
The Angels held six of the top 81 picks in this year's draft and used the last of those to take Tillman, a standout closer at NCAA Division II power Florida Southern. He didn't skip a beat in his pro debut, mixing two deadly pitches with strong control to top Pioneer League relievers in strikeouts per nine innings (13.9) and opponent average (.195).

Tillman's quick arm produces a 94-95 mph fastball that touches 97 with plus sinking life. He toyed with his slider grip all summer, working it from a below-average to plus offering in the mid-80s. He also mixes in an occasional changeup and has a clean arm action, so the Angels might give him a spin in the rotation next season.

He attacks batters, as evidenced by his 5-1 K-BB ratio. Observers loved Tillman's bulldog mentality and projected him as a big league set-up man or possible closer.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
22
0
2 2 10 1.95 32 23
8 7 0 10 50 .195
 
4. Leon Landry, of, Ogden Raptors (Dodgers)
Age: 20. B-T: L-R. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 185. Drafted: Louisiana State, '10 (3).
Landry helped Louisiana State win the 2009 College World Series in a part-time role before roaring back to win a starting gig this season as a junior. He hit a career best .338/.418/.513 with 16 steals for the Tigers, showing a more patient approach. His gains carried over to pro ball, as he finished fifth in the Pioneer League batting race (.349) and helped lead Ogden to the finals.

Early in his college career, Landry would pull off the ball and sell out for power. Now he hits for consistent gap power and could max out with 15 homers per year in the big leagues. That will be more than enough if he reaches his ceiling as a .280 hitter who gets on base out of the leadoff spot and holds down center field.

A tick above-average runner, he reads the ball well off the bat and covers lots of ground in center with a quick first step. His arm is his lone below-average tool.

"I liked him a lot because he plays the game with passion," Ayrault said. "He's a very athletic outfielder who can steal some bags, and he's such a tough out at the plate."
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
249 46
87 20
4 4 38 20
36 13 9 .349 .399 .510
 
5. Yorman Rodriguez, of, Billings Mustangs (Reds)
Age: 18. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 180. Signed: Venezuela '08.
A year older and wiser, Rodriguez improved every facet of his game in a repeat of the Pioneer League. Remarkably, he again qualified as the youngest regular in the league and didn't turn 18 until the end of the season. Signed out of Venezuela for $2.5 million, he boasted one of the broadest tool sets in the league.

Rodriguez did a much better job of recognizing breaking balls and making contact this season. He has plus raw power and hits the ball with authority the other way, driving 10 of his 13 extra-base hits to right field, including both of his homers. With his obvious bat speed and strong hands, he'll hit for average and power as long as he swings at strikes.

A plus runner with strong defensive instincts, Rodriguez spent more time in right field than in center. With above-average arm strength and plenty of room to fill out his lean frame, he's probably destined for right in the long run, especially if his bat continues to develop. Billings manager Delino DeShields lauded his passion for the game.
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
171
25
58
8
3 2 39 8 30 12 2 .339 .361 .456
 
6. Jake Lemmerman, ss, Ogden Raptors (Dodgers)
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 192. Drafted: Duke, '10 (5).
A surprising fifth-round pick by the Dodgers, Lemmerman showed polished skills if not overwhelming raw tools while winning the league MVP award. The best overall shortstop in the circuit, he led the PL in runs (69) and doubles (24), finished second in hitting (.363) and extra-base hits (38) and ranked third in on-base percentage (.434) and slugging (.610).

"He grinds out every at-bat like it's the last one he'll ever have," Cron said. "He's a tough-looking player who I enjoyed watching."

Lemmerman benefited from Ogden's cozy ballpark dimensions, swatting 10 of his 12 homers at home, but his short swing and middle-of-the-field approach will play anywhere. He could mature into a .280 hitter with 10-12 home runs annually. He drew comparisons with Mark Grudzielanek and Mark Loretta as a heady offensive player who could have a lengthy big league career as a middle infielder.

Lemmerman has soft, sure hands to go with average arm strength that seems to make him better suited for second base in the long run. An average runner, he makes the routine play and turns the double play well.
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
259 69 94
24 2 12 47 31 56 5 4 .363 .434 .610
 
7. Mike Blanke, c, Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox)
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 220. Drafted: Tampa, '10 (14).
Blanke stood just 5-foot-9 as a high school junior, but in the course of his college career at Seton Hall, St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC and NCAA Division II Tampa, he grew seven inches. His physical maturity and defensive prowess got him drafted in the 14th round in June, and he would have gone much earlier had clubs had any inkling that he would show plus power, arm strength and receiving skills in his pro debut.

Blanke barrels the ball and uses the whole field. Like any player with long arms, he has holes on the inner half of the plate, but he projects as an average hitter with 15-20 home run pop.

His arm is his best tool and helped him erase a league-leading 35 percent of basestealers. He also committed just four passed balls in 48 games.

"For a big kid, he folds up real nice behind the plate," Cron said. "He receives great and has a super arm. He swings the bat aggressively. We really got lucky with this pick."
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
240 35 79 20
1 7 43
23
33 0 0 .329 .400 .508
 
8. Addison Reed, rhp, Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox)
Age: 21. B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 215. Drafted: San Diego State, '10 (3).
Reed succeeded Stephen Strasburg as San Diego State's Friday starter this spring and performed admirably. He served as the Aztecs' closer in 2009 and settled into a relief role at Great Falls. He was practically untouchable coming out of the pen, allowing just two runs, four walks and seven hits while striking out 35 in 22 innings.

As a reliever, Reed wields two plus pitches in a 91-95 mph fastball and high-70s slider that features sharp, late bite. His fastball has tailing action to his arm side, and batters have a hard time picking up the ball out of his hand. He works all four quadrants of the strike zone and exudes confidence on the mound.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
13
2
1 0 1 1.80
30 17
7 6 1 6 44 .162
 
9. Matt Miller, rhp, Helena Brewers
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 220. Drafted: Michigan, '10 (5).
Miller pitched his way out of Michigan's rotation this spring, but he adapted well to pro ball, leading the Pioneer League in wins (seven) and ranking second in opponent average (.244). Helena captured the PL championship, with Miller picking up two of the Brewers' four posteason victories, including the clincher against Ogden.

A 6-foot-6, 220-pound workhorse, Miller logged 146 innings between college and pro ball, including the playoffs. His fastball sits at 92-93 mph and touches 95, and he deftly mixes in a slider and changeup that both improved over the course of the season, in part because he's a sponge for instruction. If he continues along his current path, he could develop into a mid-rotation starter with a plus fastball and slider and an average changeup.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
14
14
7 2 0 4.06
71 63
35
32 7 28 53 .244
 
10. Will Swanner, c, Casper Ghosts (Rockies)
Age: 18. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 185. Drafted: HS—Carlsbad, Calif., '10 (15).
The Rockies bought Swanner out of a Pepperdine commitment just days before the signing deadline, handing third-round money ($490,000) to their 15th-round selection. He showed impressive power in his pro debut, mashing seven home runs in 18 games, including two to the opposite field in Ogden.

"He's capable of hitting balls out everywhere," Casper manager Tony Diaz said. "But he's going to have to shorten his swing path at times."

Swanner's plus bat speed was obvious, and managers were impressed by his maturity. He has the necessary tools to hit for average if he improves his approach. He can get overly aggressive, as evidenced by his 33 strikeouts and no walks in 76 at-bats.

Though Swanner is athletic and flexible behind the plate, his defensive game remains unrefined. He has fringy lateral movement and blocking ability, with four passed balls in eight games. He has plus arm strength but a long arm stroke, and all seven basestealers who tested him succeeded.
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
76 14 23 4 0 7 13 0
33 0 1 .303 .321 .632
 
11. Daniel Corcino, rhp, Billings Mustangs (Reds)
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 165. Signed: Dominican Republic '08.
When the Mustangs ventured outside of Billings' Dehler Park, their team ERA ballooned from 2.61 in the relatively neutral environs at home to 5.10 on the road. Despite that disparity and one of the youngest rosters in the league, Billings came within two wins of winning the first-half division title. At the heart of the early surge was Corcino, who was much improved compared to his stint as a Mustangs reliever in 2009.

Cron compared him to Johnny Cueto as a shorter righthander with plus stuff. Corcino has a strong build and a thick lower half, with mound presence to match. He can touch 96 mph with his fastball and throws 92-94 deep into starts. He commands his four seamer as well as a high-80s two-seamer he delivers with plus sink from a high three-quarters slot.

Corcino also mixes in a tight, biting 75-78 mph slider that is a true swing-and-miss pitch. His changeup tends to be too firm at 85-86 mph, but it does feature good fade when he executes well. His main need is to improve his control and command, which should come with experience.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
9
9
1 3 0 3.40 40 38
18 15 2 17
31 .255
 
12. Cristhian Adames, ss, Casper Ghosts (Rockies)
Age: 19. B-T: B-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 160. Signed: Dominican Republic '07.
Adames led Pioneer League shortstops in range factor (5.03) and fielding percentage (.969), winning admirers around the league while showing gliding infield actions, plus hands and an average arm. He stars defensively despite having just average speed.

"He can flat-out pick it," Diaz said. "He makes the tough plays look easy, and I think he could play defense in the big leagues right now."

A switch-hitter, Adames produced more from the left side this season and projects as an average hitter for his position. He's a gap hitter who shows occasional power to his pull side, but it's his glove that will continue to buy him opportunities as he moves up.
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
145 30 42 9
0 1 15 14
24 4 5 .290 .356 .372
 
13. Garrett Gould, rhp, Ogden Raptors (Dodgers)
Age: 19. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 190. Drafted: HS—Maize, Kan., '09 (2).
Gould broke Nate Robertson's strikeout record at Maize (Kan.) High before signing with the Dodgers for $900,000 as a second-round pick in 2009. He got his feet wet in the Pioneer League last season, making three relief appearances for Ogden.

While Gould touched 94 mph in high school, he settled into a 90-91 mph groove in his first extended pro look, and at times he slipped to 88-89. Even at reduced velocity, his fastball worked well because he commands it to both sides of the plate and it features plus sink and armside life.

Gould's delivery isn't textbook, as he noticeably tilts his body back, but his mechanics don't affect his command. If anything, the motion helps disguise his secondary stuff, which grades as average to plus. He throws an 81-83 mph curveball with solid depth and tight rotation, and he maintains his arm speed when delivering his low-80s changeup that fades away from lefthanders.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
13
13
1 4 0 4.06
58 68
41 26 4 20 52 .292
 
14. Jimmy Nelson, rhp, Helena Brewers
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 245. Drafted: Alabama, '10 (2).
Drafted 64th overall in June, Nelson became the Brewers' top signee when first-rounder Dylan Covey was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and opted to attend San Diego. Nelson logged 110 innings while working exclusively as a starter for the first time this spring as an Alabama junior, so Milwaukee eased him into pro ball as a reliever.

After years of rearing back and firing fastballs at 95 mph yielded mixed results, Nelson has learned the virtues of throttling back to 90-92 and locating the ball with sink. His fastball plays up to plus because of heavy, boring action in on righthanders. He falls in love with his mid-80s slider and uses it to good effect, striking out 11.1 batters per nine innings for Helena.

Nelson doesn't show much of a changeup. He also has an awkward delivery, in which he has some effort and lands on a stiff front leg, and he'll have to smooth out those rough edges if he doesn't want to end up in the bullpen.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
12
0
2 0 3 3.71
27 30
21 11 2 13 33 .268
 
15. David Holmberg, lhp, Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox)/Missoula Osprey (Diamondbacks)
Age: 19. B-T: R-L. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 220. Drafted: HS—Port Charlotte, Fla., '09 (2/White Sox).
Holmberg didn't have far to go when the White Sox included him in a July 30 trade for Edwin Jackson. Great Falls was headed to Missoula for the first three games of a home-and-home six-game series, so he just switched teams. He faced his former club in his first two starts for the Osprey and pitched six shutout innings in the second outing.

Holmberg has the potential for three average-or-better pitches. He's willing to establish his 87-90 mph fastball inside on righthanders. Though he has a doughy midsection, he repeats a smooth delivery that helps sell his above-average changeup. He must tighten his low-70s curveball in order to add more finish and make it a true swing-and-miss pitch.

He also has resumed throwing a slider he used in high school to give him even more variety. He's mature for a teenager, and Cron praised his ability to maintain his composure and stay within himself.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
15
15
2 5 0 4.17
78 99
49 36 4 16 76 .305
 
16. Robby Rowland, rhp, Missoula Osprey (Diamondbacks)
Age: 18. B-T: B-R. Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 205. Drafted: HS—Cloverdale, Calif., '10 (3).
Rowland could have pursued college baseball at Oregon or a career as a basketball shooting guard at a small Division I program, but he opted instead to take Arizona's bonus offer of $395,000. He's the son of former big league catcher Rich Rowland, and his catcher in his first pro start was his older brother Richie, who signed with the Diamondbacks this summer as a nondrafted free agent.

A big athlete with a muscular lower half, Rowland sports an ideal pitcher's frame and a free-spirited attitude. He throws downhill from an overhand slot, showing a loose, quick arm that produces steady 88-89 mph two-seam fastballs with late running action. He touches 92 and figures to improve his velocity and fastball command with maturity.

Rowland throws a promising 12-to-6 curveball, but it's a bit slow and loopy at 69-70 mph. His average slider grades out better now, and he throws a low-80s forkball with occasional diving action instead of changeup. A projection play, he could develop into a mid-rotation starter.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
14
14
4 6 0 5.67
54 62
42 34 7 21 402 .291
 
17. Travis Witherspoon, of, Orem Owlz (Angels)
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 190. Drafted: Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC, '09 (12).
The Angels invested $100,000 in Witherspoon, a 12th-round pick from the Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC program that produced Reggie Sanders and Orlando Hudson, because they believed in his tools and will to improve. He played a mean center field and flashed power/speed potential in the Pioneer League last year, but he struck out too much and hit just .227. This year he began to deliver on his promise by better identifying breaking balls, which allowed him to make more contact and hit for more power.

A quick-twitch athlete with a live body, Witherspoon boasts plus bat speed and the strength to hit for power. He's still an aggressive hitter, but he showed improved patience and plate coverage this season. In fact, he clubbed three opposite-field home runs, a marked departure from last season's pull-happy approach.

A plus runner, Witherspoon gets down the line in 4.2 seconds and went a perfect 20-for-20 in steal attempts. He runs excellent routes in center field and has the instincts to become plus-plus defender. He used a solid-average arm to log six assists.
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
288 57 89 11 3 10 45 24
73 20 0 .309
.365 .472

18. Rafael Ortega, of, Casper Ghosts (Rockies)
Age: 19. B-T: L-R. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 160. Signed: Venezuela '08.
Like Casper teammates Campos and Adames, Ortega spent two years in the Dominican Summer League before making his U.S. debut this season. He showed a solid all-around game, tying for the league lead in runs (69) while showing three plus tools in his speed, arm and center-field range.

Ortega's bat may play just as loudly as the rest of his game. Though he has yet to reach his physical potential, he already can put a charge into the ball to his pull side. He makes lots of contact and stays on lefthanders well, attributes that could make him a .280 hitter.

Because Ortega has a narrow frame, he likely won't develop more than average power and some observers wonder whether he'll have that much. Even so, his tools help him profile as a starting center fielder. Playing the game with a lot of passion also helps his cause.
 
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
288 69 103 17 3 7 45 28
42 23 9 .358 .416 .510
 
19. Thomas Royse, rhp, Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox)
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 210. Drafted: Louisville, '10 (3s).
Royse thrived as Louisville's Friday-night starter, showcasing a solid three-pitch repertoire, a physical build and a clean delivery. The White Sox popped him with the 114th pick in the draft and inserted him into the Great Falls rotation, where he helped propel the Voyagers to a Pioneer League-leading 47 victories. He pitched just twice after July 30, both times in relief, as he recovered from a strained elbow.

Royse's fastball sits at 88-90 mph with plus sinking, tailing action, and he locates it to both sides of the plate. He can touch 92 mph but relies more on location and downhill plane than velocity.

With his smooth, repeatable delivery, he has no trouble throwing strikes with his heater or his secondary stuff, which has come a long way in the last year. He flashes a plus slider with tilt in the mid-70s and also has a show-me changeup. He could have a future as a high-leverage reliever or back-of-the-rotation starter.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
10
8
1 1 0 3.41 34 28
18 13 2 6
28 .217
 
20. Kevin Eichhorn, rhp, Missoula Osprey (Diamondbacks)
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 170. Drafted: HS—Aptos, Calif., '08 (3).
After signing for an above-slot $500,000 in 2008, Eichhorn logged just 19 innings in his first two pro seasons. He had ulnar nerve transposition surgery in his right elbow in March 2009, then eased back into action with 10 relief appearances for Missoula last summer. Eichhorn's father Mark spent parts of 11 seasons in the big leagues.

While not overpowering, Eichhorn repeats a simple delivery and ranges from 86-92 mph with his fastball while flashing a hammer curveball. He throws a fringy changeup, and he'll work this fall to add a cut fastball or slider to give him something to throw in on the hands of lefthanders. He has good control and keeps the running game in check.

Eichhorn's ERA stood at 4.20 before he got lit up for 11 runs in his final start at Casper. He allowed three home runs in that game and in two earlier starts as well, en route to leading the league with 12 longballs surrendered.
 
G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
13
13
5 5 0 4.94 75
80
49 41 12 15 71 .271