Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 PM
1. Archie Bradley – RHP (Last Year’s Rank: 1)Bradley’s 2012 season was very hit or miss and showcased just how raw he is. His fastball and curveball came as advertised, with his heater sitting in the 93-95 mph range and reaching as high as 97-98 when he reached back for more. His curveball was another plus pitch at times, with similar potential to his fastball, possibly earning future 70 grades. There was a lot of focus on throwing more strikes and improving his change-up both of which made modest progress throughout the year. A potential frontline starter, Bradley is very risky but he could make an enormous leap at High-A in 2013.
2. Tyler Skaggs – LHP (3)Skaggs breezed through Double- and Triple-A in 2012 and debuted in the big leagues in August, making six starts before the end of the year. While he was roughed up in the big leagues, Skaggs offers a quality three-pitch mix, all of which he is willing to throw in any count. His fastball parks in the low-90s and his curveball is a true weapon that can generate swings and misses. Skaggs is an easy number three starter at this point and there are scouts that see a low-end number two on the horizon.
3. Trevor Bauer – RHP (2)Bauer’s raw stuff is plenty good. He has a plus fastball and a curveball that draws occasional grades even better than that. His slider, change-up and splitter are all useable offerings that round out his arsenal and give him the ability to work through lineups several times. His deep arsenal is also part of his problem as he doesn’t pitch off his fastball enough and struggles to establish command of his two best pitches early in games. His attitude was drawn into question this year and there are rumblings about him falling out of favor with the organization. Like Skaggs, Bauer easily projects as a number three starter, but he will have to make some changes to his approach to reach that projection.
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