The New York Mets 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Jeurys Familia had a rough 2010 season – 5.58 ERA, a 10.2 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 121 innings, From 2010 Minor League Review, “Currently, he isn’t a refined pitcher, according to pre-2010 season scouting reports. Familia kept the nice strikeout rate from 2009, but his walk rate doubled and the remaining ratio stats went to the gutter … I wouldn’t write him off yet … was unlucky (.350 BABIP)…I expect he gets pushed to Double-A in 2011.” That season ended on a positive note though with seven starts in July and August that tallied 58 strikeouts in 43 innings and a 3.38 ERA. A year later, Familia has settled down in Double-A, looking more like the 2009 pitcher. He currently has the following ratios: 10.4 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 72 2/3 IP, 3.47 ERA, 3.94 FIP and a .307 BABIP. Throwing a 94 to 97 MPH fastball that’s touched 100 before, a 86-87 MPH slider and the “perfect pitcher’s frame” (6’3″). It won’t be long until the Mets start easing him into the majors.
Ryan Westmoreland | BOS | OF: Reports are out that the Red Sox former number one prospect, prior to being diagnosed with a cavernous malformation in the brain in March 2010 and surgery in April 2010, is scheduled to see live pitching Wednesday. Typical recovery period is 12 to 18 months. Before the injury he displaced “plus-plus speed, above-average power potential, center-field range and an average arm.”
Wily Peralta | MIL | RHP (SP): Rumor mill has it that Peralta could start the second game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Pirates. In 132 innings (13 innings – 2 starts at Triple-A) he has posted a 9.1 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 3.53 FIP (AA) and a .305 BABIP (AA). At this point, with all the trades the Brewers have done, Peralta is the Brewers top prospect. Expect to see him up when rosters expand in September at the latest.
Zach McAllister/Jeanmar Gomez | CLE | SP: Expect one of these pitchers to receive a spot start on Tuesday against the Mariners. A strong spot start for whomever receives the chance, preferably McAllister, but expecting Gomez.
Brad Peacock | WAS | RHP (SP): I write a Scouting the Unknown article on him and what does he do? Goes out and has a strong game: 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (5 BB), 6 strikeouts. The walks have only started to be concerning at Triple-A. Overall in line with career. Expect to see him in September for a few innings (~15 IP).
Julio Teheran | ATL | RHP (SP): Followed up his two worst starts all year (7/31 and 8/7) with two strong starts. His 8/12 and 8/17 starts he went a total of 14 innings, 3 ER, 17 baserunners (4 BB), 8 strikeouts. If not a September call-up, he’ll be in the AFL getting ready for 2012.
Bryce Harper | WAS | RF: Strained his right hamstring running from first to third on Thursday. He’ll be placed on the 7 day DL. This effectively ends his regular season. Depending on severity of the injury, he’ll be playing the AFL. At age 18 and in 109 games, he slashed .297/.392/.501 in 387 AB with 43 XBH (17 Hr), 26/7 SB/CS (7/2 at Double-A), and 86:57 K:BB ratio. Please note he hit .257/.329/.395 at Double-A. Fully expect to see him at Double-A again in 2012.
Matt Moore | TB | LHP (SP): Had his “worse” start at Triple-A to date. 4 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners (3 BB), 8 strikeouts. One mistake was giving up a home run. He has nothing to prove in the minors at this point.
Wade Miley | AZ | LHP (SP): Received PCL pitcher of the week (last week) with a complete game performance where he gave up 1 ER, 4 baserunners (1 BB), and had 9 strikeouts. He’s the Diamondbacks 8th ranked prospect. He throws a 92 to 93 MPH fastball, a 79 to 83 MPH tight slider, a cutter and an above-average changeup that has the potential to be a plus-pitch. Will battle for a rotation spot in 2012 after receiving the call up just this week.