Top 10 Low-A Pitching Prospects by Production

October 30, 2011
. . . . . .Rookie / Short-Season / Low-A / High-A / Double-A / Triple-A / Hitters
@AdamWFoster's 2011 Offseason Prospect Rankings
Rk   Player   Pos   Comments   Age   Org
1   Cody Buckel (eBay)   RHP   Had one of the best K% in MiLB; improved command in 2nd half   19.0   TEX
2   Taijuan Walker (eBay)   RHP   Youngest pitcher in the low minors; had elite K% as well as GB%   18.9   SEA
3   Drew Hutchison (eBay)   RHP   Big breakout season; finished in AA & improved as he moved up   20.9   TOR
4   A.J. Cole (eBay)   RHP   Strong full-season debut for '10 draft pick who signed for $2 mil   19.5   WAS
5   Jameson Taillon (eBay)   RHP   Walked 2 batters in June and July; K% improved in the 2nd half   19.6   PIT
6   Brooks Pounders (eBay)   RHP   RP who just made IP min; 2nd oldest on this list; very low BB%   20.8   PIT
7   David Holmberg (eBay)   LHP   Issued 0 BB in 6-of-9 Low-A starts; carried over his K% to High-A   20.0   ARI
8   Kyle Ryan (eBay)   LHP   Finished strong after struggling with Ks for parts of the season   19.8   DET
9   Tyler Green (eBay)   RHP   On here because of his age & GB%; had some troubles with BBs   19.6   ARI
10   Daniel Barnes (eBay)   RHP   RP & the oldest pitcher on this list; narrowly made IP minimum   21.7   TOR
Best of the Rest
    Adys Portillo (eBay)   RHP   His stuff is more solid than electric but there's some projection   19.5   SD
    Jesse Biddle (eBay)   RHP   Walked lots of batters; K% climbed every month from Apr to Jul   19.6   PHI
    Carlos Perez (eBay)   RHP   His Ks went down as the season went on while BBs steadily rose   19.6   ATL
    Robbie Ray (eBay)   LHP   Went 5+ IP in 9x in 1st half; 4.2 IP or less in every 2nd half start   19.7   WAS
    Zach Lee (eBay)   RHP   Flashed a lot of potential; missed time with elbow tightness   19.8   LAD
    Luke Jackson (eBay)   RHP   Was plagued by walks all season but he also missed a lot of bats   19.9   TEX
    Jason Adam (eBay)   RHP   Hard-thrower threw a lot of strikes; K% tailed off in the 2nd half   19.9   KC
    Garrett Gould (eBay)   RHP   Was put on an innings limit in August and finished a little slow   20.0   LAD
    Zack Von Rosenberg (eBay)   RHP   Tall, projectable strike thrower Kd many but also gave up 19 HR   20.8   PIT
    Greg Billo (eBay)   RHP   Very low walk rate and solid K% from the oldest SP on this list   21.0   KC
* Ages are as of July 1, 2011            
** Minimum 50 innings pitched            

Warning: These rankings were created without utilizing scouting information. The list was assembled as a conversation starter/watch list by way of a relatively simple, objective prospect finding system. After weighing in scouting information, our rankings of players will change.

Methodology: Only players who were a deviation below level-average age were considered for the list above. The average Low-A pitcher age in 2011 was approximately 22, with a standard deviation of approximately 1. Players were ranked based simply on deviations from level-average age, strikeout percentage, walk percentage and ground-ball percentage.