Re: 2012 Breakout minor leaguer
It is not easy for guys to add pitches at this point of their careers but once in a while you hear a story of Logan Ondrusek being taught a cutter by Tom Brown and he just takes off. I think Crabbe's key is getting better command of his fastball. He is a 92-95 guy with good movement. They like Crabbe a lot. He is getting to the levels of the minors where command really starts to become more important than ever, but Crabbe has a good arm. Lets see how this season goes but he is a candidate for a breakout season.
My list of some of the biggest and unexpected breakout years over the last few seasons: Ondrusek in 2009; Enerio Del Rosario in 2009; Matt Klinker in 2009; Devin Mesoraco in 2010 (biggest of all); Dave Sappelt in 2010; Jordan Hotchkiss in 2010 (unfortunately he got hurt in 2011); Denis Phipps in 2011; Donald Lutz in 2011; David Vidal in 2011; Josh Smith in 2011 (though he had limited innings previously--still, Reds Minor League Pitcher/Year for a 21st round pick the previous summer).
Edit: To clarify that last paragraph, I am not suggesting that those were players that I predicted for breakout years, just guys that took huge steps from the previous year.
Last edited by redsof72; 01-05-2012 at 05:28 PM.