Re: Who is Redszone's #24 prospect?
I'm pretty surprised by Viola's showing here. I understand that he's left-handed and throws hard, but that's all I see (along with the strikeouts that go with the package). By all appearances, his command must be fairly awful: He walks way too many and his last two WHIPs were 1.506 (Chattanooga, '08) and 1.642 (Louisville, '09). He'll turn 27 in June. I could maybe see it if there were no other pitching options in the system, but out of the bullpen you could make better cases for Ondrusek and Del Rosario, to start with, and then Thurman and Joe Krebs (both lefties); maybe even Daniel Corcino . . . The best, by far, that Viola has consistently pitched in the last couple years was when he made seven starts in AA in '08. He was sharp. Not sure why they broke off that experiment.
Last edited by mace; 12-30-2009 at 02:44 PM.