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Who’s Next: The Catchers

Be sure to check out the story on the Top 10 catching prospects or you can just go right to the list on Prospect Watch.

Coming up with an 11-15 is easier for some position lists than others. Right-handed pitchers? A piece of cake. When the outfielders run the beginning of next week, that’ll be an easy assignment. But not all positions are as deep and there’s a drop-off the further you go down. There’s a reason why good catching is always in high demand — there isn’t enough supply to go around. So keep that in mind when looking at the 11-15 catchers.

Sebastian Valle, Phillies – He can really defend and has some pop, but plate discipline is holding him back.

Rob Brantly, Marlins – Quietly has made his way to the big leagues, chance to play every day for Marlins after Anibal Sanchez trade

Michael Perez, Diamondbacks — A 2011 draftee from Puerto Rico, Perez had a very solid Pioneer League season and is a solid defender.

Wyatt Mathieson, Pirates — A solid debut for the 2012 draftee, making the GCL All-Star team. Whether he catches long-term remains to be seen.

Tim Federowicz, Dodgers — The former UNC standout doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but he can defend and can hit a bit.

Wrapping things up in the AFL

Just one more game to go, Saturday’s championship game (3 p.m. ET, MLB Network, Feel free to read my preview to prep for the game.

In that story, there’s a video interview with Salt River starter (and Diamondbacks prospect) Charles Brewer. Here’s the entire video, during which we talk about the championship game, pitching at home and what an absolutely ridiculous rotation he was a part of in Double-A Mobile. Here’s the full interview for your viewing pleasure.


Today’s a big day for many players in the AFL, not just the ones playing for Salt River and Surprise. There were close to 70 players on AFL rosters this fall who either need  to be put on a 40-man roster or be left available for the Rule 5 Draft. The list includes some former first-rounders and a number of players who performed well in Arizona. Since my story was posted on the subject, teams have been announcing the roster additions in stages (the dadline is midnight).  Kevin Mattison, who is quoted in the story, was added to the 40-man by the Marlins. By my count, here’s a list (sure to grow) of AFLers who gained roster spots today:

Zelous Wheeler MIL
Jake Diekman PHI
Tyson Gillies PHI
Casey Crosby DET
Tyler Stohr DET
Hernan Perez DET
Evan Crawford TOR
Kevin Mattison MIA
Derek Norris WAS


The Aaron Heilman deal: Prospects

Aaron Heilman may have been the known quantity that changed teams today, but the Diamondbacks did send two Minor League players to the Cubs for the right-hander. Here’s some more information on the pair:

maine.jpgScott Maine, LHP: Taken in sixth round of the 2007 Draft of the University of Miami, Maine projects as a lefty reliever or specialist. He pitched at two levels in 2009, finishing with a 2.90 ERA and 61 K’s in 62 IP. For his career, he’s got a 3.29 ERA with a 134 K’s in 120 1/3 IP.

In some ways, the 24-year-old hasn’t lived up to the potential he once flashed in high school. He had Tommy John surgery early in his amateur career and never turned into the lefty ace some thought he’d be. That being said, he could have a future role. His fastball can run up to 93-94 mph and he comes from a pretty tough angle for left-handed hitters. He’s got a lower arm slot that creates some deception. His secondary stuff is is a work in progress, but the arm strength from the left side has some value.

Ryne White, 1B: White just completed his first full season of pro ball after being selected bywhite.jpg Arizona in the fourth round of the 2008 Draft. An accomplished and advanced college hitter out of Purdue, White spent the season with Visalia in the Class Advanced California League, finishing the year at .266/.371/.356. He’s always shown an ability to control the strike zone and draw some walks, but he hasn’t hit for much power thus far in his pro career (career .389 SLG). There are those who feel the 23-year-old will hit for power going forward, at least as a left-handed platoon type. He’s kind of stocky, at 5-11, 205 lbs. At the very least, the Cubs are getting a decent organizational guy who has the chance to be a Matt Stairs type of hitter.

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