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Jake Odorizzi | RHP (SP) | Kansas City Royals | D.o.B: 3/27/1990 | 6’2″ | 185 lbs | B/T: R/R | 1st rd, 2008 | MIL #1 prospect per Baseball America, 2011 | MiLB Player Page

The centerpiece to the Royals trading Zack Greinke to the Brewers; Odorizzi coincidentally has been compared to Greinke himself, albeit a lesser one. He was Milwakuee’s 2010 minor league pitcher of the year. Baseball America describes his mechanics as clean, effortless and easily repeated. With stellar command, he throws an 88 to 95 MPH sinking fastball and is able to maintains velocity deep into games. Although all his breaking pitches show good movement, none rank as a plus pitch and will need continued development. Often times, Odorizzi was able to ride his fastball without using many off-speed pitches. Scouts like his curveball best, slider is more of a cutter and changeup shows potential if he quits tipping the pitch with slower arm movement. Physically, he’s built for durability, mentally is poised and confident. Projects as a number two or three starter.

Career Stats (inc. 2011): 10.2 K/9 | 2.8 BB/9 | 260 2/3 IP | 3.38 ERA | 1.20 WHIP | .5 Hr/9 | 8.0 H/9
2011 Stats (A+): 12.1 K/9 | 2.7 BB/9 | 72 1/3 IP | 2.61 ERA | .205 FIP | 1.13 WHIP | .4 Hr/9 | 7.4 H/9 | .339 BABIP

Statistically speaking, there is everything to like about Odorizzi. His first full season of pitching in 2010 wasn’t bolstered by a low BABIP or LOB%. His current season is improving upon his last. Be warned, his home park is extremely pitcher friendly (Wilmington (Class High-A, Kansas City)) – a place where both Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer saw significant power reduction. His fastball will be able to fool younger hitters. The real test will be more advanced hitter at Double-A where he’ll need to continue developing his off-speed pitches to sustain further success. I think he’ll be another Jeremy Hellickson. ETA, 2012 when the Royal Invasion takes full effect.

Nick Franklin | 2B/SS | Seattle Mariners | D.o.B: 3/2/1991 | 6’1″ | 175 lbs | B/T: S/R | 1st rd, 2009 | SEA #3 prospect per Baseball America, 2011 | MiLB Player Page

Franklin started to catch people’s attention in 2010 when he unexpectedly launched 23 home runs at Single-A. His small frame gave pause to the gaudy power numbers, but his above-average bat speed with good whip-action, good leverage and strong hand-eye coordination made believers out of the scouts that the power was legit. With great power comes great risk. His swing hard and aggressive approach will, and does, lead to a fair amount of strikeouts in addition to leaving his swing getting long. Able to drive the ball to all fields. Average runner with good instincts. Defensively is a good athlete, has solid actions and average range – at best – playing shortstop; scouts believe his range and fringe-arm will lead to a permanent position switch to second base.

Career Stats (inc. 2011): .290/.359/.469 | 852 AB | 80 XBH | 30 Hr | .179 ISO | 40/12 SB/CS | 190:84 K:BB
2011 Stats (A+): .275/.356/.411 | 258 AB | 20 XBH | 5 Hr | .136 ISO | 13/1 SB/CS | 56:31 K:BB | .333 BABIP

In a relatively surprising move, the Mariners promoted Franklin to Double-A over this past weekend, responding to the internal moves of calling up Dustin Ackley to the majors. The move seems odd only as scouts and insiders were expecting him to absolutely rake at Class High-A in the California League, especially after his power outburst in 2010. Nevertheless, his .136 ISO and five (5) home runs at High-A were only slightly disappointment as his peripherals were still solid. Currently, in four brief games, he has 9 hits in 15 at-bats with 2 xbh (1 Hr) and two strikeouts as of 6/28/11. He’ll need to get real hot at Double-A to match his .281/.351/.485, 23 home runs (513 AB)and 25 steals in 35 attempts (123:50 K:BB) at Single-A in 2010. I fully expect a transition to second base if Ackley moves to the outfield. With that, I think Franklin’s ceiling could project to the following fantasy line of 70/20/80/.275/15 in his prime. Like a mini-Brandon Phillips; baseline:  Danny Espinosa; floor:  Kelly Johnson/Neil Walker. ETA: late 2012.

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  1. Ralph says:
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    @Grey…

    pick one (i need power, don’t laugh)….Cody Ross, Raul Ibanez, Jeff Keppinger, Roger Benardina, Josh Willingham

  2. Ralph says:
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    add Gomes to that list also

  3. Charlie Says says:
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    Of course Franklin just went on the DL with a possible concussion, after getting hit in the jaw on a backswing. Otherwise, he responded well after the surprising promotion.

  4. Charlie Says says:
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    How about a write up on Kyle Seager, as he could be up sooner rather than later. Tearing it up in Tacoma after being the front end of those Ackley dominoes.

  5. Gig says:
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    How likely is it that Franklin sticks at SS?

  6. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Ralph: Gomes, Ross, Willingham …
    @Charlie Says: re:Franklin: It is quite unfortunate.
    @Charlie Says: re:Seager: Looks like a doubles hitter. Nothing exciting. 12/12 over a full season in the majors.

  7. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Gig: I’d venture to say 35%.

  8. Gig says:
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    @Stephen: Thanks, I’ve been holding him in my dynasty league on that hope.

  9. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Gig: If Ackley stays at second, Frankin will stay at SS. Either way, Franklin is a solid MI option coming through the minors, especially in deeper leagues.

  10. shibboleth says:
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    Stephen, thanks as always! Who do you like best as a bench play going forward? D. Lee, Daniel Murphy, Morgan, Encarnacion, Chisenhall, or Presley?

  11. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @shibboleth: I’d always go with upside: Chisenhall, D. Murphy, Presley, D. Lee in that order.

  12. Post says:
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    Stephen, looking at the mariners organization have you heard anything about another former SS prospect in Carlos Triunfel? I remember that he used to be very highly regarded but has fallen off the map recently, I was wondering what the deal was.

  13. MrHappyTime says:
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    Karstens @ Toronto or Harrison @ Houston tomm? Trying to lower my ERA…

  14. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Post: Injuries derailed him in 2009 and the 2010 season was a disaster. This year he is doing better; could warrant a write up soon. Thank for the reminder. I’m very tentative with him though.

    @MrHappyTime: Harrison.

  15. Post says:
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    @Stephen – yeah he’s still very young at 21 (which is amazing) so hopefully he can turn it around. I remember a few years ago the mariners organization was all about Carlos Triunfel and Phillipe Aumont, that’s the Bill Bavasi era for you…

  16. TheNewGuy says:
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    Any idea what the deal with Desmond Jennings is? Why has he still not been called up now his nationally known super-two deadline has passed, how long do you think it’ll be. Maybe a protest by Rays fans is the only way to get this kid up.

    Also continuing the prospects theme, what do you make of Mike Montgomery’s recent struggles, and more importantly why hasn’t he been pitching recently? It’s not a health issue I hope.

    I have both these guys on my farm in a keeper league, thanks.

  17. TheNewGuy says:
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    And also what do you think of Jordan Lyles. I was considering adding him to my farm team instead of Montgomery as he still isn’t owned by anyone, is it worth it and if not would you drop Edward Salcedo for him instead. Going deeper here!

  18. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @CharlieSays: Following up with Seager (i.e. Not at work without my Handbooks). Seager projects as a utility player with the ability to hit .280 and line-drives.

    @Post: re:Triunfel: has the tools to be average to above-average. Has to learn to translate them into skills.

    @TheNewGuy: re: Jennings: Everyone is asking that questions. re:Montgomery: He is learning how to pitch instead of relying on his sheer talent. Needs to improve his command. re:Lyles: I’ve always like Lyles, but he isn’t going to much more than what he is displaying right now (maybe a bit more consistency). He’s a 7.5 K/9, 4.25 ERA, 1.30 WHIP pitcher. Montgomery has the higher ceiling. Salcedo has tremendous upside. I wouldn’t drop Salcedo if your playing and going deep. Montgomery for Lyles? Honestly, my opinion will be in the minority, but I think it’s a push with a slight edge to Lyles for the fact he is already pitching in the majors.

  19. BlinkULDHC says:
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    Anyone….

    Who is this Guillermo Moscoso character?

    6 IP, 8 Ks, 0 BBs, 1 ER vs. FLA tonight

    Previous start: 7 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 0 ER

    Worth owning or spot-starting? 1.14 WHIP, 2.51 ERA in 8 games (6 starts) this season.

  20. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @BlinkULDHC: In deep leagues worth spot-starting. However, he doesn’t have overpowering stuff.

    Quote my 2009 Texas Rangers Minor League Review, ranked as the 23rd overall Ranger’s prospect, “[He has] been hampered by the injury bug in years past. He looks to be an end of the rotation or long relief type pitcher with a low 90?s fastball, a serviceable changeup and a show-me breaking pitch. Nothing special here, but his age limits his ceiling. He is currently at Triple-A.”

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