Enerio Del Rosario
Other - Name him
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 01:44 PM.
I'll be adding Daniel Corcino to the next poll. I'll probably vote for him somewhere in the next five polls. I love his scouting report, he sounds a lot like Johnny Cueto a few years ago.
I'm reluctant to request guys that I'm not ready to vote for . . . but Joe Krebs is chronically overlooked. He had an outstanding '09 season, and finished it, successfully, in Louisville. I also think Jeremy Horst should be added soon, in spite of a disappointing last season.
My secondary list, roughly in order: Ezequiel Infante, Nathan Driessen, Alexis Oliveras, Byron Wiley, Jordan Hotchkiss, Efrain Contreras, Alexander Smit, Cody Puckett, Miguel Chacoa, Josh Ravin, James Avery and Chris Denove.
Mark Serrano, RHP, Oral Roberts University- A darling of results-oriented analysis, Serrano has put up some of the most impressive numbers this side of Strassburg. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the same kind of stuff, and so isn't in for the same kind of payday.
Serrano has a fastball that sits mostly in the upper 80s, though he has hit as high as 93 at times, and he commands the pitch remarkably well. He has a nice curveball, and shows the makings of an average changeup. If he sounds generic, it's because he sort of is. Lost of pitchers with similar repertoires; Serrano faces weak competition and does much more with his stuff than most. Not a sexy pick, by any means, but could be a good have in the later rounds.
While the system doesn't have many sure fire studs, the depth of interesting names (especially pitchers) is very intriguing.