MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 25 Dylan Unsworth, RHP

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== Not just a novelty anymore ==

MB 100 | No. 25 Dylan Unsworth

RHP | 2014 age: 21 | 6-1, 175

International free agent from South Africa

2013 ranking: 26intheMix

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2010 17 Mariners Rk 2 5 3.93 11 10 0 50.1 71 27 22 1 1 44 1.430 12.7 0.2 0.2 7.9
2011 18 Pulaski Rk 6 5 5.16 12 12 0 61.0 73 37 35 7 10 46 1.361 10.8 1.0 1.5 6.8
2012 19 Everett A- 7 2 3.90 14 14 0 85.1 76 40 37 9 19 67 1.113 8.0 0.9 2.0 7.1
2013 20 2 Teams A-Rk 4 1 2.50 14 14 0 72.0 62 21 20 3 2 56 0.889 7.8 0.4 0.2 7.0
4 Seasons 19 13 3.82 51 50 0 268.2 282 125 114 20 32 213 1.169 9.4 0.7 1.1 7.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/24/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

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
2010 17 “-2” 0.47% 0.47% 12.15% 0.138 20.56% 150 92 143
2011 18 “-1” 2.67% 3.82% 13.36% 0.166 17.56% 112 85 97
2012 19 “0” 2.57% 5.43% 13.43% 0.149 19.14% 109 92 101
2013 20 “0” 1.10% 0.74% 6.99% 0.087 20.59% 157 111 169

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Special Sauce:

  • The Greatest South African Pitcher of All Time.  OK, that’s not saying much, but it’s true.
  • He’s faced 1,098 batters in the U.S., and walked only 32.
  • You may recall Doug Fister in 2009, when he first gained notice for refusing to walk anyone (1.0 BB/9), but still being hard to hit?  Unsworth was way better (0.2 BB/9) than that.

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Commentary:

The two guys we’ve had the most fun with over the last few years were Jabari Blash with the “Blash Splash,” and Unsworth with his cool nickname “Sharkie.”

Then both of them went out in 2013 and had awesome seasons.  We’ll get to Blash eventually, but Unsworth certainly looked like the real deal in Low-A Clinton.  Can a guy really throw so few balls, and not get blasted?

Well, so far, so good.  The 157 in the first red column means that Unsworth wasn’t beating himself at all — just throwing strike after strike.

But for the first time, he was red in the second column, too.  That means he was getting guys out and not getting hit hard.

Is there anyone who can do that in the majors?  Walk rate under 4% and ISO-against under .100?

There were only four qualifying guys with BB-rates under 4%, and none were under .100 in ISO-against:

  • Adam Wainwright: 3.7% BB-rate | .108 ISO-against
  • David Price: 3.7% BB-rate | .127 ISO-against
  • Cliff Lee: 3.7% BB-rate | .136 ISO-against
  • Bartolo Colon: 3.8% BB-rate | .105 ISO-against
  • Dylan Unsworth (Low-A): 0.7% BB-rate | .087 ISO-against

Can he keep doing it?  Well, don’t expect those kind of rates as he climbs the ladder, but the ability to avoid walks and not get hit hard is a rare thing.  That’s the kind of company you want to keep.  And it’s scary-fun to think about.

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Extra Innings:

Speaking of scary-fun and sharks …

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