Today BA released their IL Top 20, on a whole it was a weak list with Cloyd making the back end of it.
Cloyd’s year has been much discussed and was phenomenal. After his promotion to the big leagues he showed valid many of the concerns that were put forth about him. Cloyd’s fastball sits 86-89 and can rarely touch 90, however he commands it well. He also has an average change up and cutter to use against left handed hitters. His curveball also is an average pitch but it does not have the ability to be a put away pitch. At most Cloyd is a back end #4 starter but likely profiles as a fringy #5 starter. He can be effective if his command is there but because of his stuff he has to perfect in order to succeed.
Missing the list were a trio of potential high impact relivers in Jake Diekman, Phillipe Aumont, and Justin DeFratus in addition to some other interesting middle relief prospects such as Michael Schwimmer and BJ Rosenberg.