For those of you who have access to BP’s pay content go to the site and read the full article at http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=18646#commentMessage as well as ask questions in the comments.
For those that don’t it is a large scouting report written by Hudson Belinsky who does a ton of scouting in the Northeast. The premise of the article being that he often uses Lakewood as a venue to see the prospects in the SAL and can get caught up really watching a Phillies’ prospect, in 2011 it was Domingo Santana and in 2012 it was Maikel Franco.
Continue reading BP Prospect Profile on Maikel Franco
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.