It is a good time to be a blue chip prospect. There are not many time this isn’t true (aside from the numerous times blue chips prospects fizzle and fail to stick in the big leagues) but this week seems especially fun for big armed prospect-types, as the promotions are flowing freely through the minor leagues.
Firstly, the Oakland A’s opted to call up one of the top pitching arms, Daniel Straily, to join the big club’s rotation. Despite not being an early-round pick, Straily earned his way to the bigs by putting up great numbers at each successive level, cluminating in a great AAA stint in which the 23 year-old righty allowed just eight runs in 53 innings. Those are PCL innings at everything! The 67/14 K/BB is pretty nice, too, I guess.
I have had confirmation Straily and Rosales are heading to
#Athletics. I am told this is not an injury or DL situation for anyone else.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 2, 2012
Straily ranked 50th in Kevin Goldstein’s midseason top 50 prospects update, and recently had this to say about the newest A’s hurler:
His fastball features above-average velocity and command, and his slider is solid, but it’s his changeup that has developed into an absolute weapon; an easy plus pitch with good deception in his delivery and plenty of late break
Most signs (via Susan Slusser) point to the A’s sending Travis Blackley &Mdash; he of the 3.04 FIP in 14 appearances as an Athletic — to the pen to make room for Straily. Pitching for the A’s is a tough gig, I tells ya.
Meanwhile the New York Mets continue giddily awaiting the big league arrival of their Carlos Beltran haul. Zack Wheeler is now on his way to Triple-A. Who is Zack Wheeler again?
In the last 2 deadlines, Zach Wheeler may turn out to be the best longterm acquisition
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 31, 2012
Oh, that guy. Welp, he’s on his way to Buffalo for some hot International League action!
The Buffalo Buffaloes have a pressing need in their triple-A rotation as Matt Harvey is busy striking out 38% of the hitters he faces in the big leagues. Wheeler is the Mets number 2 prospect behind Harvey according to BP, while Keith Law of ESPN had Wheeler first. Either way, the Mets are ready to graduate two very good looking prospects. Wheeler striking out 117 double-A hitters in 116 double-A innings. The 43 walks and two home runs allowed suggest Wheeler might be a decent hurler. Maybe.
In other pitching prospect news, SI and Tom Verducci did a profile on the best pitching prospect in the world Dylan Bundy. His dad seems swell. Here is a sneak peak.