== Taking the Abbey road up the ladder … ==
MB 100 | No. 32 Emilio Pagan
RHP | 2014 Age: 23 | 6-3, 205
10th round of 2013 draft out of Belmont Abbey College
2013 Ranking: Not yet in organization
|Year||Age||Lvl||HR%||BB%||XBH + BB%||ISO||K%||PSA+||Conv+||Comp|
|Age Arc||Goal < 1%||Goal < 6%||Goal < 14%||Goal < .100||Goal > 20%||Strong prospect > 100|
- Pagan was the everyday third baseman for Belmont Abbey, and hit .287/.391/.483.
- He also stole 15 bases in 16 attempts. So we’re talking about a big guy who’s a good athlete.
- Pagan was 17 games and 22.1 innings into his pro pitching career before allowing his first run.
I tried, but there doesn’t seem to be any video of Pagan pitching.
Pagan was old for his levels, but with reasons: he was from tiny Division II Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, and he was only a part-time pitcher there anyway.
I recall there was a sense in the organization that once Danny Hultzen gave up hitting he would gain a bit on his fastball, and maybe that’s what happened with Pagan as well. He was considered a “conversion project.” Well, conversion successful.
He certainly checked every box. I mean: 1.03 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 12.0 K/9, .083 ISO-against?
No one could touch the guy.
And he was rewarded with a Spring Training outing on March 11, which read like this:
- Mike Trout flies out to right fielder Stefen Romero.
- Albert Pujols flies out to left fielder Dustin Ackley.
- David Freese flies out to center fielder James Jones.
Yeah. First time against MLB hitters, and he draws Trout-Pujols. And gets a 1-2-3 inning.
A year ago, we were touting Dominic Leone when no one else was. Pagan has that same kind of feel.
Speaking of Abbey Road …