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Minor League Pitchers To Watch

Which hurlers are bringing the goods in Double and Triple A?  I'm looking for those who've whiffed a batter per inning or close.  Let's take a look.

  • David Purcey, Blue Jays.  He has a 2.14 ERA, 9.3 K/9, and 3.0 BB/9 in 63 innings.  Baseball America says the 26 year-old southpaw could become a mid-rotation starter.  The Jays gave him a couple of big league starts and his control was awful.
  • Carlos Carrasco, Phillies.  He's been hittable, but I like the 9.2 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 67.2 innings.
  • Michael Bowden, Red Sox.  Surprise surprise, the Sox have another gem on their hands.  Bowden has a 2.20 ERA, 8.5 K/9, and 2.3 BB/9 in 61.1 Double A innings.  Baseball America thinks the 21 year-old could be trade bait.
  • Anthony Swarzak, Twins.  He's got a 4.18 ERA, but also an 8.8 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9.  BA loves his curveball.
  • Daniel McCutchen, Yankees.  If the Yanks get desperate, they could call on him later this year.  He boasts a 2.9 K/BB and could blossom into a #3 or #4 starter.
  • Josh Outman, Phillies.  Gotta love the name and 9.9 K/9.
  • James McDonald, Dodgers.  3.3 K/BB and a curve termed the best in the system by BA.
  • Jake McGee, Rays.  Nasty stuff; control needs some work.
  • Daryl Thompson, Reds.  He has a 1.76 ERA and 4.0 K/BB.  He's earned a shot over Homer Bailey, in my opinion.
  • Will Inman, Padres.  A 9.3 K/9, though his biggest asset is command.
  • Matthew Buschmann, Padres.  A 3.7 K/BB - he's another Padres command guy who profiles at the back of the rotation.
  • Bud Norris, Astros.  Has a 10.6 K/9 in eight starts this year, but BA says he may profile as the team's closer of the future.
  • Jaime Garcia, Cardinals.  A 10.5 K/9 says his stay in Double A won't last long.

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