Welcome to another edition of Touch’em All! We are going through the minor leagues with one goal in mind: Give you the fan, or fantasy player, the info and analysis that you need. This time, we are reviewing some of the top performances in the Southern League. Players were selected for this list with age appropriate-ness to level, draft position, performance, and physical tools in mind. So let’s get started!!
Matt Moore LHP TB (22) – Moore just recently took center stage after the Tampa Bay Rays claimed the wildcard spot for the American League playoffs. He got the call to start the first game of the playoffs against Texas and got the win, going 7 innings without giving up a run and striking out 6 Rangers. A lefty with easy mid-90s heat, Moore has big strikeout numbers potential. For more reasons why we think Moore is so special, check out our August 22nd Matt Moore Prospect Instinct article.
Brett Oberholtzer LHP HOU (22) – Moved at the trade deadline from Atlanta to Houston in the deal for Michael Bourn, the young lefty may have found himself in a better position to eventually make a big league roster, far away from the Teherans, Delgados, Minors, and Beachys of Atlanta. Between Mississippi and Corpus Christi, Obie has a 4.01 ERA in a total of 155 innings giving up 147 hits, 69 earned runs, 52 walks, and striking out 121 hitters. Look for him to start Texas League again in 2012 with a possible second half promotion with any success.
Wily Peralta RHP MIL (22) – Wily broke out in 2011 with a 3.46 ERA on 106 hits, 46 earned runs, 48 walks, and 117 strikeouts in 119.2 innings. Without much frontline starter talent in the Brewer organization, Peralta has rocketed up the prospect lists and will probably start the 2012 season in Triple A Nashville with a good chance to see the big leagues by mid-season if he can reproduce these numbers. Dig a little deeper and read the recent Wily Peralta Prospect Instinct article.
Nick Barnese RHP TB (22) – With promising performances in Rookie Ball and Low A Hudson Valley, Tampa Bay thought they hit it big with this 2007 3rd round selection. Unfortunately, every promotion since then has seen his numbers become less and less impressive. This season, Barnese has scored a 3.76 ERA with 109 hits, 49 earned runs, 57 walks, and 91 strikeouts in 117 innings pitched. With this performance, his K% rate has dropped from 19.5% to 17.6% and his excellent BB% rate of 5.1 in Advanced A Port Charlotte last season exploded to 11% now. So without some development on this level in 2012, we could be looking at a guy who may eventually fill the back of a rotation if he isn’t moved to the bullpen. Youth is still on his side though.
Randall Delgado RHP ATL (21) – Another Southern League alum promoted and doing well, Randall will finish his 35 inning taste of the major leagues with a 2.83 ERA with 18 K’s against 14 walks. Look for Delgado to find a home in the Braves rotation in 2012. Til then, find out what make this youngster one of the top prospect arms in baseball in his very own Randall Delgado Prospect Instinct article from August 16th.
Andrew Carraway RHP SEA (25) – At first glance, you think with Carraway‘s age, at 25 years old, that he is getting a little old to be a prospect. However, drafted out of U of Virginia in the 12th round in 2009, Andrew has been promoted faithfully a level every season and has flashed some exciting numbers. Does he have less room for error, sure, but don’t overlook him going forward. This season, he has maintained a 3.66 ERA giving up 123 hits, 56 earned runs, walking only 25 batters, and struck out 106 in 137.2 innings. That’s right, a 4.5% walk rate to go with 19% strikeouts. Another season maintaining this kind of control would undoubtedly put him in a conversation for a rotation spot in Seattle by 2013. Look for him to get a taste of the big leagues some time in 2012.
Patrick Corbin LHP ARI (22) – If not for PTBNL Tyler Skraggs, Corbin might have been the lone prize in the Angels/Diamondbacks trade that sent Dan Haren to the Halos. The slim 6’3” 163 lb lefty was a 2nd round pick for the Angels in 2009 and owns a 4.15 ERA with 171 hits, 74 earned runs with 40 walks and 142 strikeouts in 160.1 innings. Going by his 3.72 FIP, Corbin pitched better than that ERA, but he gave up a ton of hits and a whopping 15 homeruns, so he obviously needs to work on the command to avoid hitters squaring him up so much. However, the 20.6% K rate and 5.8% walk rate are exceptional. Corbin throws his fastball at 89-93 mph, owns a decent breaking pitch, but his change-up could eventually grade plus.
Check back soon as we profile many more Top MLB Prospects and also get our baseball geek on and take a look at some of the later draft picks from the 2011 draft that we think could be big names on the prospect radars in the near future. While you’re here, take a look at our on going series Prospect Instinct | Bryce Harper and be a step ahead of the game. Thanks for checking Baseball Instinct. We’re working hard to bring you the best of the minor leagues and make the site the best experience it can be. So don’t hesitate to tell us what you would like to read about. Email us now at firstname.lastname@example.org.