Florida Marlins Top 10 Prospects
Index of Top 10 Prospects for all 30 Major League Teams
By Mike Berardino
1. Josh Beckett, rhp
Age: 21. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 190. Bats: R. Throws: R. Drafted: HSSpring, Texas, 1999 (1st round). Signed by: Bob Laurie.
Strengths: Beckett has a prototypical power pitchers build and a true No. 1 starters repertoire and makeup. His four-seam fastball can touch 97 mph, but hed rather pitch at 93-94 and get easy outs with his sinker. He has a dazzling 12-to-6 curveball and a plus changeup with excellent arm speed and deception. Becketts delivery is smooth, making the ball get on top of hitters in a hurry. He has a maturity beyond his years, easily trading barbs with older players, writers and club officials and always looking people in the eye. Hes good, knows hes good and would never think of shrinking from his apparent destiny.
Weaknesses: Beckett can be stubborn and too hard on himself. Hes still learning to channel his emotions. He needs to get better at holding runners but wont sacrifice too much of his stuff toward that aim. Beckett is athletic but just an adequate fielder. He continues to mature physically and improve his conditioning.
The Future: Barring a health setback, Beckett will open 2002 in the Marlins rotation. Club officials were ecstatic with his poise and performance during the callup. It wont be long before he fulfills the promise scouts have long predicted for him. In fact, that could happen in 2002.
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