MadFriars' Top 20 for 2014

Wisler is the top prospect for 2014

One of the main reasons why the Padres could be a sleeper club this season is because of their pitching depth particularly at the AAA level for their new affiliate in El Paso. Both Burch Smith and Robbie Erlin would be in major league rotations elsewhere and combined with five other Top 20 pitchers there will be a wealth of talent on the mound in the Sun City.

The top three prospects, Matt Wisler, Austin Hedges and Max Fried are relatively interchangeable; it all comes down to how to value projection versus performance. While both Ben and I obviously like what we see in Hedges and Fried, for us Wisler is has the best combination of both to take the top spot.

While all of the players on the list will be worth watching this season a pair of players might warrant a little extra scrutiny. With the ongoing media attention on whether or not the Padres will resign third baseman Chase Headley, how well both Jace Peterson and Cory Spangenberg perform in San Antonio, and my guess would be a mid-season promotion to El Paso for both, could weigh heavily on the decision makers with the option to move last year's top prospect Jedd Gyorko back to third base and put in either one of them at second for 2015.

As with last year the strength of the system is pitching, particularly in El Paso as mentioned above and in Lake Elsinore but the position players on the San Antonio and Fort Wayne squads will also be strong.

1. Matt Wisler

Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP

Height/Weight: 6-3/ 200

Age: 21

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Seventh Round/2011

TeamW-LERAGSIPK/BBHITSEARNED RUNS
Storm2-12.0363128/6227
Missions8-53.0020105103/278535

Wisler won't be 22 until September.
(San Antonio Missions)
2013 Highlights: Wisler has come a long way very, very fast. After struggling in his first month in Fort Wayne during 2012 he's had nearly an uninterrupted run of success. He has put on thirty pounds in a little over two years which has seen his fastball spike up to 98 while maintaining a fluid delivery. His slider is also a plus pitch and his curve and change-up are coming along. Another big part of his success has been the improvement of his two-seam fastball, which has been very effective against lefties.

Negatives: He will have to become a little more consistent with a third pitch, probably his changeup. Still very young and learning how to pitch.

Projection: With his size and ability to eat innings he projects as solid middle of the rotation pitcher, possibly even a #2.

MadFriars' Assessment: WIsler will begin the year in the minors and should be the ace of the newly christened AAA El Paso Chihuahuas and could be in San Diego before he turns 22. He may be the Padres' best pitching prospect since Mat Latos.

2. Austin Hedges

Position: Catcher

Height/Weight: 6-1/200

Age: 21

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Second Round/2011

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
Storm.270 .343.425255 22/4563 274
Missions.224.297.269736/91530

Hedges hit .288/.348/.460 in June after sitting out the previous month with a bone bruise.
(Cherished Memories)

2013 Highlights: Hedges is best known for his defense but his bat, which many in the Padres believe is underrated, is what has convinced many that he could be something special. A deep bone bruise in May caused him to miss most of the month but he came back strong before being promoted to AA.

Negatives: Defensively, and probably midway through 2012 in Fort Wayne, he could have caught in the big leagues. Hedges is an advanced player offensively for his age but he's going to need a little more time, particularly in becoming more patient at the plate, for it to catch up with his defense. A .337 career on-base percentage does not translate well into the major leagues regardless of how good the defense.

Projection: Easily the most upside of any position player in the system. He has the skills to be an elite defender with more than enough offense too.

MadFriars' Assessment: If Austin is healthy this could be the year we see the bat that the organization has been raving about in the Instructional Leagues shows up for a full season. Everything else, the arm and athletic ability behind the plate should be on full display in the Texas League this summer.

3. Max Fried

Position: Starting Pitcher/LHP

Height/Weight: 6-4/170

Age: 20

Bats/Throws: L/L

How Acquired: First Round/2012

TeamW-LERAGSIPK/BBHITSEARNED RUNS
TinCaps6-73.492331100/5610746

Fried was the Padres' top pick in 2012.
(Brad Hand)
2013 Highlights: Right now Fried's value is wrapped up more in his potential than his actual performance. However he gave enough indicators of what he could be in Fort Wayne to keep everyone excited. In the Summit City he tossed part of a no-hitter and lead the team in strikeouts. Why is Fried ranked so high? There just are not that many left-handers than can fire mid-90's fastballs along with a plus curve and a very good change-up. The key for Max, as it is for nearly all young players, is consistency.

Negatives: Command. All of the pitches are there but he's going to have to improve upon 56 walks in 119 innings.

Projection:The most upside of any pitcher, top of the rotation - but remember that is potential which sometimes can be as much a curse as a blessing.

MadFriars' Assessment: The good news is he's going to be much better with a year of pro ball under his belt. The bad news is he's going to the Cal League. Fried will begin the year in Lake Elsinore and depending on how much progress he makes with his command will determine his stay there. If he gets off to a hot start look for the Padres to move him up to the Texas League as they did with Wisler last season.

4. Burch Smith

Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP

Height/Weight: 6-4/225

Age: 23

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Fourteenth Round/2011

TeamW-LERAGSIPK/BBHITSEARNED RUNS
Missions1-21.1563137/6178
T-Padres5-13.39126165/175623
Padres1-36.4476146/213926

Smith should be the first call-up to fill in for a starter this season.
(San Antonio Missions)

2013 Highlights: Smith continued his quick ascent up the Padres' ladder reaching the big leagues in only his second full professional season. The first thing anyone notices about Smith is that he has a really good fastball that sits in the mid-90s despite having a somewhat truncated delivery. His changeup is his next best offering which has allowed him to dominate minor league hitters along with pure heat.

Negatives: Smith can throw his fastball for strikes but to succeed at a major league level he is going to have to locate it better along with mixing in his pitches, especially his curve and change-up.

Projection: A big guy with a consistent mid-90's fastball can go a long way. How far Burch can go will depend on his ability to further refine his skills and particularly develop a third pitch.

MadFriars' Assessment: With a loaded rotation on the big league level Smith will join an equally stacked staff in El Paso. The big key for Smith will be to sacrifice some success in the Pacific Coast League for more in the future in the big leagues.

5. Rymer Liriano

Position: Right Field

Height/Weight: 6-0/215

Age: 23

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Signed from Dominican Republic, 2007

2013 DNP-Tommy John Surgery

Liriano hopes to regain the form he showed in Lake Elsinore in 2012.
(Cherished Memories)

2013 Highlights: Despite sitting out last season with arm surgery Liriano is still the player that causes those in the organization to get really excited. He is truly an elite athlete that can do it all but the big challenge for Rymer has always been what it is for every player with his tool set has to deal with; how consistently can he show it.

Negatives: Liriano struggles with being too aggressive and losing the reps from last year could really affect him. If he can become a little more patient, he'll get pitches to hit and drive more consistently. While he has plenty of raw power, it still hasn't fully translated into games.

Projection: His ceiling is a true five-tool player. Even without the injury, he was still a full year away from being ready for the Majors.

MadFriars' Assessment: He will start the year off in San Antonio, one of the toughest places to hit in the minor leagues after not having had an official at-bat in a over a year. That talent is still there but the key word for everyone should be patience.

6. Jace Peterson

Position: Shortstop

Height/Weight: 6-0/200

Age: 23

Bats/Throws: L/R

How Acquired: First Round Supplemental/2011

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
Storm.303.382.454477 54/58128 377

Peterson stole 42 bags in 2013.
(Cherished Memories)

2013 Highlights: Peterson was a multi-sport star when he was drafted out of McNeese State in 2011 and has quickly emerged as one of the better athletes in the system. He brings an ability to play the middle infield along with solid leadoff skills on the offensive side. This past year he had his best season at the plate stealing 42 bases in 52 attempts and had a .909 OPS in the second half before succumbing to an ankle injury in late August.

Negatives: Playing full time the past two years has vastly improved his defensive instincts at shortstop in addition to improving his ability to drive the ball. AA will be a big test but you have to like the progression so far.

Projection: In an ideal world, Peterson is a hard-nosed shortstop who hits at the top of the order and a threat on the bases.

MadFriars' Assessment: Peterson used the hard infields of the Cal League to hit 13 triples to go along while looking much better defensively. If he performs at San Antonio he could be the reason the organization shifts Jedd Gyorko back to third base to open a spot for him at second and lets Chase Headley walk in his free agent year.

7. Hunter Renfroe

Position: Right Field

Height/Weight: 6-1/200

Age: 22

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: First Round/2013

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
Emeralds.308 .333.510109 5/2632 134
TinCaps.212.268.379704/231452

Renfroe is another potential five-tool player.
(Eugene Emeralds)

2013 Highlights: Renfroe has come up very fast. After hitting .252 in his sophomore year at Mississippi State he had a huge junior season for the Bulldogs with a 1.051 OPS which put him in the Top 20 for the 2013 draft. He put up solid numbers in Eugene before fading at the end in Fort Wayne.

Negatives: As with Liriano, Renfroe just hasn't played that much baseball. He has a tremendous amount of athletic ability but a .308 on-base percentage shows that his plate discipline is going to have to come a long way.

Projection: A power hitting right fielder who is a plus defender.

MadFriars' Assessment: Renfroe should begin the year as the everyday right fielder for the Storm, which is a big jump for a player less than a year into pro ball. The Cal League is a great hitting environment and look for the organization to let him settle in for a full year.

8. Joe Ross

Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP

Height/Weight: 6-3/185

Age: 20

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: First Round/2011

TeamW-LERAGSIPK/BBHITSEARNED RUNS
TinCaps5-83.75233179/4012451

Ross struggled in the second half after a strong first.
(Jeff Nyez)

2013 Highlights: The younger brother of Tyson and maybe with even more upside. In his second go-around in Fort Wayne he was very effective in the first half (2.71 ERA) and not so much in the second (4.98 ERA). According to those who saw him with the TinCaps he needs to trust his secondary pitches more, especially in fastball counts when batters began to hit him in the second half.

Negatives: He's young and has to realize that unless he keeps the ball down and mixes speed and movement, he's going to get hit.

Projection: Ross has as much talent as any pitcher in the organization, and more of it showed up this year in Fort Wayne, but it is about consistency and we have to see more of it to get a good idea of what he may or may not be a few years down the road.

MadFriars' Assessment: The Padres believe in Ross' ability but they also need to see a little more from him before they put him on the same track as Wisler. Ross is a better pitcher than his numbers have shown so far, but he did make significant strides in 2013 and is an ideal candidate for a breakout year.

9. Casey Kelly

Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP

Height/Weight: 6-3/200

Age: 24

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Traded with Reymond Fuentes and Anthony Rizzo for Adrian Gonzalez in 2010 from Boston

2013 DNP-Tommy John Surgery

Kelly in 2011 with San Antonio.
(San Antonio)

2013 Highlights: Kelly is a premium athlete who was talented enough to be considered a major league prospect as both a pitcher and as a shortstop, which he played for two years in the Red Sox organization. He also turned down a football scholarship as a quarterback to the University of Tennessee.

He missed all of 2013 with Tommy John surgery and sat out most of 2012 with elbow soreness, so its been awhile since he's taken the ball on a regular basis as he did in San Antonio in 2011. When he's on he has one of the more effective moving sinkers in the system and is a ground ball machine.

Negatives: Kelly throws a ton of strikes and sometimes catches too much of the plate. Also keep an eye on his command, which sometimes is the last thing to return after Tommy John surgery.

Projection: He profiles as a mid-rotation starter but he is going to need at least half a year in El Paso to prove he's the same guy he was in 2011.

MadFriars' Assessment: Before he got hurt Kelly was the best pitcher in the system. The Padres should go very slowly with him before he's back to a full workload. Luckily with a rotation they will have in El Paso he will have plenty of help.

10.Franchy Cordero

Position: Shortstop

Height/Weight: 6-3/175

Age: 19

Bats/Throws: L/R

How Acquired: Signed from Dominican Republic, 2011

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
AZL Padres.333.381.511151 10/3347 133

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(MadFriars)

2013 Highlights: A six-foot-three left-handed hitting shortstop with power who won't turn twenty until the end of the season is going to make a lot of people take notice. In the Arizona League he hit very well but also made 11 errors in 35 games.

However, most young shortstops are going to have similar defensive numbers. The important thing is that he can make all the plays at the position to stay there going forward.

Negatives: There isn't a whole lot to pick on him offensively and as noted he made his share of errors.

Projection: A left-handed hitting shortstop with speed and power.

MadFriars' Assessment: Playing in a full-season league for the first time is tough enough but when you throw in the cold weather of Fort Wayne it will be a big test for a native of Dominica. The big thing to remember about Cordero is all the skills are there, its just a question of refinement and consistency.

11.Alex Dickerson

Position: OF/1B

Height/Weight: 6-3/235

Age: 24

Bats/Throws: L/L

How Acquired: Traded for Jaff Decker and Miles Mikolas in 2013 from Pittsburgh

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
Altoona (Pitt-AA).288.337.49447827/891305617

With the Altoona Curve.
(Altoona Curve)

2013 Highlights: In the end the Padres' didn't believe Jaff Decker would ever have enough bat - or in other words power - to earn a regular spot as a corner outfielder on the big club. After removing him from the big club they traded him to the Pirates for Poway High graduate Alex Dickerson whose large frame profiles better for the prototypical corner guy. His 17 home runs last year would have tied him for third in the organization. Forty-two of his extra-base hits were against right-handers but he still hit .298 against lefties.

It's still very strange that Pittsburgh let him go with their need for a first baseman.

Negatives: He is considered a subpar defender in the outfield and may tend to go for a little too much at the plate.

Projection: Dickerson gives the Padres a legitimate power bat from the left side and if he can prove the critics wrong defensively in the outfield could have a shot at the big league club if the often injured Carlos Quentin goes down.

MadFriars' Assessment: He will start the year in El Paso and in a climate that will be very reminiscent of Tucson could put up some big power numbers in the outfield.

12. Zach Eflin

Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP

Height/Weight: 6-4/200

Age: 20

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: First Round/2012

TeamW-LERAGSIPK/BBHITSEARNED RUNS
TinCaps7-62.732211988/3111036

Eflin was the top pitcher with the TinCaps in 2013.
(Brad Hand)

2013 Highlights: Despite coming into the year with the least amount of hype among the TinCaps starters, Eflin had the best year after missing most of his first professional season recovering from mononucleosis. His 2.73 ERA was the best in the Midwest League and in the second half of the season with a 42/13 BB/K ratio in 63.1 innings. Eflin has a decent fastball which sits in the 90 to 92 mph range but his ability to throw a changeup, always a sure winner in the Midwest League, is what separated him from the pack.

Negatives: He lacks a truly plus pitch.

Projection: Good size and with his frame his velocity should pick up. He has very good command of what he does throw and may have had the best understanding of how to pitch on a talented TinCaps staff.

MadFriars' Assessment: Eflin is a good example of why the Padres' organization is held in high regard throughout baseball - the depth of quality young pitching is impressive. Eflin would be a Top 10 pitcher in most organizations.

13. Keyvius Sampson

Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP

Height/Weight: 6-1/225

Age: 24

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Fourth Round/2009

TeamW-LERAGSIPK/BBHITSEARNED RUNS
Missions10-42.2618103122/5710826
T-Pads2-37.1193825/294430

Sampson found his slider in San Antonio.
(San Antonio Missions)

2013 Highlights: Sampson really had two seasons this year; the good was where he was absolutely dominant in San Antonio and the other was in Tucson where he never found the rhythm that worked so well for him with the Missions. Keyvius has a good command of a four-seam fastball and a plus change but it will all begin and end for him on the consistency of his third pitch, which this year will be the slider.

Negatives: Consistency with his slider will go a long way to determining if his future will be as a starter or in the bullpen.

Projection: He will begin the year in El Paso but with Wisler, Burch Smith, Robbie Erlin, Joe Wieland, Juan Oramas and Casey Kelley there will be some competition to start. If the third pitch comes he could be a middle to a back of the rotation starter.

MadFriars' Assessment: Sampson has a very good fastball and change-up, which gave him success in Eugene and Fort Wayne. He tweaked his mechanics after his demotion to San Antonio which added a little more velocity to his fastball and gave him more confidence about attacking hitters down in the zone. He struggled in Tucson but a fresh start in El Paso could benefit him.

14.Tommy Medica

Position: 1B/OF

Height/Weight: 6-0/190

Age: 26

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Fourteenth Round/2010

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
Missions.296 .372.582308 28/6783 4118
Padres.290.380.4497910/232053

Medica could also see some time in the outfield this year in El Paso.
(San Antonio Missions)

2013 Highlights: The Padres have always believed that Medica can hit and he didn't prove them wrong in his big league debut in September.

He has fought through some tough injuries, which robbed him of his ability to be an everyday catcher, where he was a plus defender. He's made good progress defensively at first base and his bat has always produced.

Negatives: At 26 he is slightly old for a prospect but as the Padres have noticed Tommy can really, really hit. If he's only limited to first base it is a long tough slog for a right-handed hitter in the major leagues.

Projection: How well Medica can play the outfield will go a long way to determining his future. Still if Yonder Alonso does not exhibit a little more power on the big club he could have an opportunity at first base.

MadFriars' Assessment: He will be the starting first baseman for the Chihuahuas and with Dickerson could form a very potent batting duo for El Paso.

15. Cory Spangenberg

Position: 2b

Height/Weight: 6-0/185

Age: 22

Bats/Throws: L/R

How Acquired: First Round/2011

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
Storm.296 .364.460249 23/5167 234
Missions.289.331.36630417/6183152

Spangenberg improved defensively this year in San Antonio.
(San Antonio Missions)

2013 Highlights: Spangenberg had a solid year bouncing back from a concussion injury last season in Lake Elsinore. He was promoted in mid-season to San Antonio and hit very well in August for the Missions, at .330/.351/.459, in their championship drive. Missions' announcer Mike Saeger also through his athleticsm on defense was a big factor in San Antonio's championship run.

Spangenberg had a strong Arizona Fall League season hitting .308/.357/.492 and was seven for eight in stolen bases.

Negatives: His defense improved greatly under former Oriole second baseman Rich Dauer but still can look a little awkward. Also for his speed game he needs to work on getting on base at a better clip along with pulling the ball on the inside pitch.

Projection: Spangenberg has the same type of projection as his friend Jace Peterson, a gap hitter with speed that can hit at the top of the order. However unlike Peterson he is limited to second base in the infield.

MadFriars' Assessment: The Padres will probably start Spangenberg at AA reuniting him with his double-play partner Jace Peterson. Look for him to be moved up at mid-season if he continues to perform.

16. Reymond Fuentes

Position: CF/RF

Height/Weight: 6-0/185

Age: 23

Bats/Throws: L/L

How Acquired: Traded with Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo for Adrian Gonzalez in 2010 from Boston

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
Missions.316 .396.441386 41/71109 296
T-Pads.418.515.4916510/102340
Padres.152.222.152363/16500

Fuentes had a big year in San Antonio.
(San Antonio Missions)

2013 Highlights: Fuentes, the third prospect in the famous Adrian Gonzalez trade, put together his best season as a professional hitting well at both San Antonio and Tucson before getting a call-up to the big club. Fuentes got much stronger in the off-season as he improved his OPS percentage by over a hundred points from his previous best mark. He also stole 35 bases in 46 attempts for the Missions and T-Pads.

Negatives: He's gotten stronger but is still going to have to increase his strength more to be the gap hitter that best fits his game.

Projection: Fuentes is a plus defender and the rare centerfielder with a quality arm. Offensively he had his best season but he's going to have to take his batting up a notch to have a chance at the big leagues where he looked overpowered.

MadFriars' Assessment: He will be the opening day centerfielder in El Paso and should have a chance to thrive on a very good team. He needs to show that last season in San Antonio and Tucson were not flukes. A very talented athlete who has the potential to do a lot on the field.

17. Donn Roach

Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP

Height/Weight: 6-1/200

Age: 24

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 for Ernesto Frieri

TeamW-LERAGSIPK/BBHITSEARNED RUNS
Missions8-123.532814377/4013856

Roach with Lake Elsinore in 2012.
(Cherished Memories)

2013 Highlights: When he's on Roach projects visions of a right-handed version of Padres' icon Randy Jones in the way he gets batters to pound the ball into the dirt. He was much better in the second half with an ERA of 2.66 as compared to the first.

Negatives: He throws a sub-90s fastball and as he goes forward he's going to need significant tilt on his sinker to be effective at higher levels. When he gets the ball up it's not pretty.

Projection: While his stuff and physical attributes may lag behind others on the list, Roach gets guys out. A lot. And he's likely to see better results as he continues up the ranks with better defenses behind him. Best case scenario he is a back of the rotation innings eater on a big league staff.

MadFriars' Assessment: Roach relies on a plus sinker that produces exceptional ground ball rates. The Padres put him on the forty man roster over some other pretty good candidates so they believe in him. He will be part of a very talented rotation in El Paso.

18. Travis Jankowski

Position: CF

Height/Weight: 6-3/195

Age: 23

Bats/Throws: L/R

How Acquired: First Round Supplemental, 2012

TeamAVGOBPSLG PA BB/KHitsXBH HR
Storm.286.356.355547 54/96141 251

Jankowski led the organization in stolen bases.
(Cherished Memories)

2013 Highlights: Jankowski is a plus defender in center that can really run. At six-foot-three he eats up a lot of ground and takes solid routes to the ball. On the basepaths he stole 71 in 85 attempts to lead the Cal League and the organization. Although he posted a .286 batting average his secondary statistics; his on-base percentage and slugging percentage are going to have to improve for him to advance. Negatives: Power, particularly pulling the ball. Also for his style of game the strikeouts are going to have to come down.

Projection: Jankowski may have the most upside of the plethora of speedy centerfielders in the organization just because of his size. If he can get a little more pop and pick up his walk rate he will move up the charts quickly.

MadFriars' Assessment: San Antonio is a test for any hitter but as with last year the quartet of Hedges, Peterson, Spangenberg and Jankowski will make the 2014 Missions a very fun and athletic team to watch.

19. Joe Wieland

Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP

Height/Weight: 6-3/185

Age: 24

Bats/Throws: R/R

How Acquired: Acquired from the Texas Rangers in 2011 for Mike Adams

2013 DNP-Tommy John Surgery

Wieland with San Antonio.
(LoneStarDugout)

2013 Highlights: Along with Casey Kelly and Cory Luebke, Wieland was on the sidelines all of this year with Tommy John surgery.

Negatives: He has three good pitches but his success relies upon all three of them working at the same time because he doesn't possess a single true plus pitch.

Projection: Wieland relies on precise command to be effective and with Tommy John surgery that is usually the last to come back. However reports on him out of spring training have been good. If he can return to where he was before he was injured he profiles as back of the rotation starter.

MadFriars' Assessment: Because Wieland's success rises and falls on his ability to command his pitches, he'll need a complete comeback to reach his potential.

20. Juan Oramas

Position: Starting Pitcher/LHP

Height/Weight: 5-10/215

Age: 24

Bats/Throws: L/L

How Acquired: Signed from Mexico, 2006

TeamW-LERAGSIPK/BBHITSEARNED RUNS
Missions3-23.07561264/165219

Juan Oramas in spring training.
(MadFriars)

2013 Highlights: Oramas may be the sleeper on the list. After going down with Tommy John surgery last year he returned and posted a 0.65 ERA over five August starts. He does not look like the classic pitcher but the Mexican native can pitch and also put in a solid performance in the winter league this year. He has a fastball that sits in the low 90's and a plus change-up.

Negatives: Not the best height or body for a starting pitcher.

Projection: Oramas fits the classic cliche of the "crafty lefty" by varying speeds and arm angles to throw to throw strikes along with a plus change. He could be a fourth or fifth starter or a lefty reliever, he doesn't walk many.

MadFriars' Assessment: After Robbie Erlin, he should be the top lefty at the upper levels to begin the year. As stated above, Oramas has poise and throws strikes, something everyone looks for coming out of the pen.

Compiled and written by John Conniff and Ben Davey

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