We’re coming up on mid season across the board and that means that the All Star break is right around the corner. While we love the Mid-Summer Popularity Contest it’s the Futures Game that takes place during All-Star weekend that makes us stop everything we’re doing and watch every pitch. The Game has seen the likes of Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano, Josh Beckett, Starlin Castro, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza, Gio Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke, Evan Longoria and the list goes on for days.
Most recently we’ve witnessed Jeremy Hellickson, Brett Lawrie and Jose Altuve take a bow on the national stage before taking MLB by storm. This years class is no less talented than in the past and may have some of the biggest names ever to grace the Futures Game when all is said and done. So we’re going to got through each of the rosters. Here we have the World Roster Pitchers.
World Team Roster
|Lisalberto Bonilla||PHI||AA||R||R||6-1||165||06/18/1990||Samana, DR|
|Edwar Cabrera||COL||AA||L||L||6-0||175||10/20/1987||Bani, DR|
|Jose Fernandez||MIA||A||R||R||6-3||215||07/31/1992||Santa Clara, CUB|
|Kyle Lotzkar||CIN||AA||L||R||6-4||205||10/24/1989||Delta, BC|
|Chris Reed||LAD||AA||L||L||6-4||195||05/20/1990||London, UK|
|Felipe Rivero||TB||A||L||L||6-0||150||07/05/1991||San Felipe, VEN|
|Julio Rodriguez||PHI||AA||R||R||6-4||195||08/29/1990||Toa Alta, PR|
|Enny Romero||TB||A+||L||L||6-3||165||01/24/1991||Santo Domingo,DR|
|Bruce Rondon||DET||AA||R||R||6-2||190||12/09/1990||Valencia, VEN|
|Yordano Ventura||KC||A+||R||R||5-11||140||06/03/1991||Samana, DR|
Lisalberto Bonilla, rhp
Team: Double-A Reading (Eastern)
Our Instinct – Moved back to the pen in 2012 after spending time in the Lakewood rotation last season. Bonilla has been dominant with a mid 90 fastball, above average changeup and a slider that has been getting better and better. His K rate is near 35% but he’ll need to reign in the walk rate a little more before he’s ready for a spot in the Phils pen.
Edwar Cabrera, lhp
Team: Double-A Tulsa (Texas)
Our Instinct - The 2011 Minor League Strikeout King has matured as a pitcher in 2012. Learning to pitch more to contact and the drop in K rate shows that approach. His walk rate is still elite level near 6% though. There could be some serious regression here though. His BABIP is below .200 and will almost certainly jump up and his 4.31 FIP says the sub 3.00 ERA won’t last. But he’s proving to be a mid to back end of the rotation starter.
Jose Fernandez, rhp
Team: low Class A Greensboro (South Atlantic)
Our Instinct - While Dylan Bundy got the royal treatment based on his dominance of the Sally League, the over looked Fernandez has been nothing short of dominant himself. Just 19 years old he’s clearly pitching above the competition with a sub 1.50 ERA supported by the FIP and 11+ k/9 and just 2 walks per 9. He deserves mention with the likes of Bundy and Barnes.
Kyle Lotzkar, rhp
Team: Double-A Pensacola (Southern)
Our Instinct - Lotzkar is finally healthy. He doesn’t have a lot of mileage on the arm despite this being his 6th season as a pro. But his K rate is up there this year around 25% so the dominance is there. His walk rate is still an issue and has been throughout his career. He’ll need to real that in if he’s going to get the most out of his fastball/curveball combo. His health has negated his development time of his changeup and the clock is ticking.
Chris Reed, lhp
Team: Double-A Chattanooga (Southern)
Our Instinct - Reed is still being developed as a SP and has done well despite having his innings limited. He’s striking out 10 per 9 though that number has dropped with his bump to AA. His walk rate is also an issue. He has the stuff and size to be a starter, but the #2 ceiling talk is way higher than should be expected. He could work at the back end of a rotation but looks better as a situational lefty with the upside of a set up RP. His fastball runs 90-95 with a power slider.
Felipe Rivero, lhp
Team: low Class A Bowling Green (Midwest)
Our Instinct - The small lefty has a surprising mid 90s fastball with a potential plus curveball and above average changeup. He has an advanced feel for pitching at this point and he pitches to more contact than most A ball pitchers tend to. Though he still holds a 20% K rate and his walk rate is solid as well. The Rays continue to find high upside starters.
Julio Rodriguez, rhp
Team: Double-A Reading (Eastern)
Our Instinct - Rodriguez has an excellent starters frame and underwhelming stuff. But don’t tell hitters that because he’s striking out more than a batter per inning and he’s doing it because he knows the art of pitching and gets the most out of his 86-90 mph fastball. He hits his spots and uses three secondaries well. His upside is a back end starter but his success in the past bodes well for him in the future.
Enny Romero, lhp
Team: high Class A Charlotte (Florida State)
Our Instinct - Romero is another power lefty for the Rays. He had a breakout 2011 striking out almost 30% but has had control issues that have led to a walk rate of 13.5% last year and is still at 12.5% in 2012. But the K rate has dropped to sub 20%. The mix is not a good one. But his power stuff has been so good that hitters have a sub .200 AVG against which is keeping his ERA near 3.00.
Bruce Rondon, rhp
Team: high Class A Lakeland (Florida State)
Our Instinct - A power RP with a mid to high 90s fastball and hard biting slider. His near 14 K’s per 9 are a flat out dominant number. His walk rate while a little high are ok for a RP. Especially one with pure strikeout stuff. He’s going to spend the 2H in Double-A but if all goes well and the Tigers are in the playoff hunt I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a shot at a bullpen role late in the season.
Yordano Ventura, rhp
Team: high Class A Wilmington (Carolina)
Our Instinct - While Fernandez has the Ace upside on this roster, Ventura, is probably the most exciting arm. He flashes triple digits as a SP with a power curveball and a changeup 2o+ mph below his fastball. He’s done what one would expect of his stuff and has a near 30% K rate. His walk rate is a touch high and his command needs to be refined. Very high upside as a SP or power RP.
The World Roster pitchers aren’t on the same level as the US Roster, but there are some really talented pitchers here that will be making their first presentations on the big stage. We have the World hitters left and are now pumping out some of the scouting video from this season. We have Aaron in the Sally League, Dave in the Midwest League, myself in the FSL and GCL and Geo just made our first appearance in the NWL for this season.
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