== Final Bunch of 34 More ==
And our tour through The Watch List comes to a close with our collection of starting pitchers.
You can find all the links to our MB100 at the appropriately named MB100 Page — also linked at the top.
If you’ve been paying attention to the math (which I doubt), you would have figured out that there are five starting pitchers left to fill our quota of “34 More” (which is now 35, if you care, since I was briefly mistakenly under the impression that Chance Ruffin had been released, when, in fact, he had just been outrighted off the 40-man roster to the Tacoma roster, and, as a result, added an extra player to the list who turned out to be unnecessary, but, once I added him I decided not to take him off).
OK, enough. Here are the five:
Jose Flores | 2014 age: 21 | RH
Flores made a nice little plateau-leap in his age-20 season, helping Pulaski to the Appalachian League championship. After flashing pieces of interesting results in his teenage years, Flores managed a spike in strikeouts and a drop in baserunners in 2013. He certainly established himself as one to keep an eye on.
Jeffeson Medina | 2014 age: 20 | RH
|2013||19||2 Teams||2 Lgs||Rk-A-||SEA||5||3||2.50||12||9||1||0||0||1||57.2||47||19||16||1||18||36||1.127||7.3||0.2||2.8||5.6||2.00|
First of all, it’s Jeffeson, not Jefferson, so don’t let your eyes fool you. And be aware that Google will try to correct you every time. And I don’t know if he’s funkier or colder than Yoervis, or if they’re related. Maybe one’s funky and the other is cold.
This we know: Jeffeson didn’t strike many out, but he was one of the best at preventing offense. Not many hits. Not many walks. Not many home runs. Actually only one home run. And all that earned him a late-season promotion to Everett.
Trevor Miller | 2014 age: 23 | RH
|2011||20||2 Tms||2 Lgs||2 lvl||SEA||2||4||6.07||13||9||0||0||0||0||56.1||77||44||38||6||17||40||1.669||12.3||1.0||2.7||6.4||2.35|
|2012||21||2 Tms||2 Lgs||2 lvl||SEA||8||9||3.23||27||22||1||1||0||0||150.1||149||71||54||11||24||113||1.151||8.9||0.7||1.4||6.8||4.71|
|2013||22||2 Tms||2 Lgs||2 lvl||SEA||7||9||4.82||26||26||0||0||0||0||140.0||155||90||75||16||55||106||1.500||10.0||1.0||3.5||6.8||1.93|
We still have high hopes for the Californian from the little mountain town of Murphys, but he didn’t take the step forward we’d hoped for after a strong 2012. He suffered the predictable results from pitching at High Desert, but, after a promotion to AA Jackson, he posted mediocre results. He should get the chance to return to AA in 2014 and get back on track.
Tyler Olson | 2014 age: 24 | LH
Yes, they play baseball at Gonzaga, not just hoops. Olson was picked in the 7th round of the 2013 draft, and was solid at Everett despite giving up a lot of hits. The Spectometer indicates he’s got upside, though he’s got a long way to go and he’ll already be 24.
Jordan Pries | 2014 age: 24 | RH
|2012||22||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-Rk||SEA||4||0||2.84||10||10||0||0||0||0||50.2||32||17||16||2||10||51||0.829||5.7||0.4||1.8||9.1||5.10|
Like Miller, we had high hopes for Pries after a couple of excellent seasons. But also like Miller he got derailed a bit by High Desert. The Stanford alum was No. 2 in the Cardinal rotation behind top overall draft pick Mark Appel in 2011. If he gets a shot at AA Jackson, he might return to form.
Next up in Prospects: 26intheMix!