“He’s a solid middle-tier prospect who could develop into a decent #3, maybe even a fringe #2, or a dominant backend reliever. The 2013 season will go a long way in determining whether his frame – 6’0” and 190 pounds – can handle the rigors of starting. [He] does, however, have the potential to move up the prospect charts as anyone in the system.”
– Joseph Werner, December 12, 2012
From relative obscurity to potentially the best homegrown starting pitching prospect since the days of C.C. Sabathia, Danny Salazar burst onto the scene after blowing through both upper levels of the minor leagues and finishing as a key cog in the Tribe’s playoff-bound starting rotation.
And, yet, no one spoke of Salazar on the national scene prior to the year.
I was, however, quite enamored by the Dominican-born right-hander, ranking him among the Top 100 prospects in all of baseball prior to 2013. It was a risky analysis, after all Salazar totaled just 133.2 innings between 2010 and 2012 thanks to Tommy John surgery, but the numbers were too good to ignore.
Salazar wasn’t the only virtual unknown I pegged either. Boston’s Garin Cacchini, whom I ranked #53 in all of baseball, promptly went out and hit .322/.443/.471 last season and subsequently rocketed up the charts. Big lefty Tony Cingrani, whom I ranked #19 in the game and ahead of speedster Billy Hamilton in Cincinnati’s organization, fanned 120 and posted a tidy 2.93 ERA in 104.2 innings for the Reds. And Dodgers underrated outfielder Joc Pederson topped the Class AA offensive production by more than 50%.
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