Re: under the radar prospects
I see your thinking, but I still can't completely buy it. There aren't too many elite closers that came up through the ranks as relief pitchers. The ones that do usually advance to the majors extremely quickly- like within a year of being drafted (Chad Cordero, Huston Street). I guess you could use JJ Putz as a role model for Roenicke, but Putz was at least a #1 starter in college with absolutely filthy stuff. That's all I'm saying.
The reason why most (myself included) will rank Travis Wood, Sean Watson, etc. ahead of Roenicke, because their ceilings are in fact higher. Relief pitchers in the minor leagues tend not to be regarded very highly in general, the guys I mentioned above nothwithstanding. As for Medlock, he has pretty similar numbers to Roenicke now, only he's doing it at the same age a level ahead (AAA). I would rank Roenicke in the 12-20 range right now, but I would keep an eye on him for sure.
Last edited by Benihana; 07-13-2007 at 05:14 PM.