by Ivar G. Anderson
This week I thought it would be interesting to take a look at a few Double-A starting pitchers (though one was recently promoted to Triple-A) that show signs of quick movement to the majors.
Alex Wood SP ATL
A left-handed fastballer drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2012 draft, he’s shown excellent results in his short stint in the minors. In 44 IP this season at Mississippi, he’s posting a 0.82/0.95 ERA and WHIP combo, with a 9.20 K/9 and FIP of 1.97. He also has yet to allow a HR after allowing only 1 HR in 55 IP at Single-A in 2012. He needs to develop some secondary pitches to make it in the majors, but I have every confidence that the Atlanta coaching staff is capable of working that out over the next couple of seasons. In a dynasty league, he’s someone to stash for future brilliance.
Archie Bradley SP ARI
Bradley has been making steady progress through the Diamondback system, moving up to Double-A after starting the 2013 season in Single-A. He keeps the ball in the park and has racked up serious Ks at every level he’s pitched. He walked too many batters in 2012, but has gotten that under control in 2013 so far, putting up a 63:16 K/BB in A+/AA. He relies on a fastball/curveball combo but really needs to develop a third pitch to make the starting rotation and not be relegated to the bullpen. He is a changeup away from the majors, essentially. Keep an eye on his progress; making it to Triple-A with a good to great K/BB ratio would signal future middle of the rotation promise.
Danny Salazar SP CLE
Salazar has been fermenting in the Indians’ system since 2008. He possesses a true plus changeup and a very good fastball. He started the season at Double-A, continuing his 2012 promotion to that level, he has recently been promoted to Triple-A. The sample size is too small to comment on at Triple-A, but at Akron with the Aeros he posted a 2.67 ERA with a 13.63 K/9 and a 2.67 BB/9. His FIP was a stellar 1.45 in 33.2 IP, and over his Double-A career he allowed only 2 HR in 67.2 IP. It would not surprise me to see him hit the big leagues this season, so in a dynasty or keeper league you need to act fast to snag him.
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