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More dynamic (pitching) duos

In today’s MLBPipeline Perspectives, Jim Callis and I debated which teams we thought had the best pitching prospects tandem in baseball. Jim went with Jon Gray and Eddie Butler of the Rockies. I opted for the right-handed combo of Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow from the Pirates.

Jim went on to blog his rankings for the top pitching prospect duos in the game over on Callis’ Corner. I must admit I’m a bit dismayed he put my Taillon-Glasnow third on his list, but I’ll get over it.

To extract some measure of revenge, however, I wanted to provide my own rankings, of a sort. I used it in my argument in picking Taillon and Glasnow: the Prospect Points. That’s the system we used to provide an organizational standings from the Top 100 list. I used the same idea — 100 points for the No.1 prospect, 99 for No. 2 (Jon Gray gets 87 points for being No. 14, as a result)., etc. Using this system, here’s how the top tandems in the Top 100 (only one pairing for an organization listed eve if they have more than two pitchers in the Top 100) stack up:

1. Taillon and Glasnow, Pirates: 165 points. I rest my case.

2. Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, Orioles: 159 points. Jim’s not the only one who can put the O’s No. 2.

3. Gray and Butler, Rockies: 147 points. A distant third.

4. Kyle Zimmer and Yordano Ventura, Royals: 142 points. A lot of power coming towards KC.

5. Alex Meyer and Kohl Stewart, Twins: 134 points. Stewart’s development could raise their stock.

6. Mark Appel and Lance McCullers Jr.: 133 points. Even if McCullers ends up a reliever, this is a good tandem.

7. Henry Owens and Allen Webster, Red Sox: 126. First lefty mentioned on this list.

8. Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays: 124. If you told me this duo would outperform some ahead, I wouldn’t argue.

9. Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley, D-backs: 118. Shipley is one of my picks for guys in the 51-100 range who could jump up the list in his first full seaosn.

10. Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, Mets: 106. Music to Mets fans ears as both are close to contributing in New York.

11. Andrew Heaney and Justin Nicolino, Marlins: 92. The only double-lefty combo; both could be established in Miami’s rotation by 2015.

12. Lucas Giolito and A.J. Cole, Nationals: 89. I’d keep an eye on this pair, they could move up this ranking in a hurry.

13. Max Fried and Matt Wisler, Padres: 81. I think Fried could establish himself as top lefty by end of year.

14. Kyle Crick and Edwin Escobar, Giants: 75. Interesting combination of power (Crick) and more pitchability (Escobar).

15. Zach Lee and Julio Urias, Dodgers: 75. Urias is so young, but if the lefty keeps doing what he’s done so far, he’ll move up quickly.

16. C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson, Cubs: 60. Chicago known more for its hitting prospects right now, but this is still a solid duo.

17. Jake Odorizzi and Taylor Guerrieri, Rays: 52. Guerrieri’s suspension and injury hurt their standing.

A Top 100 update

Since the Opening Day post about how the Top 100 in the Minors did seemed to go over so well, I thought I’d do it again, updating all 100 players, at all levels, and how they’ve fared heading into Monday’s action. As always, you can check out all 100 guys, or the top 20 for every team, over on Prospect Watch. And MLBPipeline is an excellent one-stop shopping destination for your Prospect needs.

Just about everybody has played at this point, with some exceptions:

Disabled List:

Dylan Bundy (elbow and forearm stiffness, expected back by end of month)
Christian Yelich (plantar fasciitis, expected back within 2 weeks)
Rymer Liriano (out for season, elbow surgery)
Didi Gregorius (elbow, should start rehab games soon)
Casey Kelly (out for season, elbow surgery)
Jake Marisnick (hand fracture, back end of April/beginning of May)
Lucas Giolito (out for season, elbow surgery)
Andrew Heaney (strained lat, will start throwing program in about a week)
Martin Perez (fractured wrist, out until June)
Adam Eaton (elbow, out at least 6-8 weeks)

Jonathan Singleton is serving his suspension. Albert Almora is in extended Spring Training. A few pitchers are making debuts today: Matt Barnes (Portland, AA), Taylor Guerrieri (Bowling Green, A), Jake Odorizzi (Durham, AAA).

Oscar Taveras was back home attending to a personal matter, but is expected to be in Triple-A Memphis’ lineup today.

Organization-mate Carlos Martinez is on the Temporary Inactive List. He missed nearly all of Spring Training because of visa issues. He’ll catch up in Extended Spring Training and join Double-A Springfield eventually.

A couple of notes:

* Trevor Bauer is listed as with Triple-A Columbus, but his stats are from the big league start he made before being sent back down.

**David Dahl played one game for Class A Asheville in the Rockies system, but was then sent to Extended Spring Training for disciplinary reasons.

Rank Club Player Team Level Performance
1 TEX Jurickson Profar Round Rock AAA 4-12, 1 RBI, 3 SB
2 BAL Dylan Bundy Bowie AA DL
3 STL Oscar Taveras Memphis AAA Personal matter – back today
4 TB Wil Myers Durham AAA 4-12, 2 2B, 3 RBI
5 SEA Taijuan Walker Jackson AA 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
6 NYM Travis d’Arnaud Las Vegas AAA 3-8, 2 2B, 2 RBI
7 MIA Jose Fernandez Miami MLB 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
8 NYM Zack Wheeler Las Vegas AAA 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
9 PIT Gerrit Cole Indianapolis AAA 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
10 ARI Tyler Skaggs Reno AAA 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W
11 CIN Billy Hamilton Louisville AAA 4-11, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 SB
12 MIN Miguel Sano Fort Myers A+ 7-16, 2 2B
13 MIA Christian Yelich DL
14 CLE Francisco Lindor Carolina A+ 6-11, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SB
15 PIT Jameson Taillon Altoona AA 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, W
16 CHC Javier Baez Daytona A+ 3-16, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
17 CLE Trevor Bauer Columbus AAA 5 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 2 K, L*
18 SEA Danny Hultzen Tacoma AAA 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W
19 MIN Byron Buxton Cedar Rapids A 9-16, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB
20 BOS Xander Bogaerts Portland AA 3-14, 1 RBI
21 DET Nick Castellanos Toledo AAA 5-18, 2 2B, 1 RBI
22 TEX Mike Olt Round Rock AAA 1-16, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 10 K
23 SEA Mike Zunino Tacoma AAA 5-12, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI
24 ARI Archie Bradley Visalia A+ 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
25 STL Shelby Miller St. Louis MLB 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, W
26 KC Bubba Starling Lexington A 1-12, 2 R
27 HOU Jonathan Singleton Suspended
28 WSH Anthony Rendon Harrisburg AA 3-15, 3 R
29 NYM Noah Syndergaard St. Lucie A+ 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
30 HOU Carlos Correa Quad Cities A 6-20, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB
31 ATL Julio Teheran Atlanta MLB 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
32 BOS Jackie Bradley Boston MLB 3-21, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB
33 STL Carlos Martinez Springfield AA Temporary Inactive List
34 KC Kyle Zimmer Wilmington A+ 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
35 TOR Aaron Sanchez Dunedin A+ 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
36 NYY Gary Sanchez Tampa A+ 7-17, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB
37 BAL Kevin Gausman Bowie AA 4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, L
38 BOS Matt Barnes Portland AA Makes debut today
39 CHC Albert Almora Extended ST TBD
40 MIN Alex Meyer New Britain AA 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K
41 NYY Mason Williams Tampa A+ 6-16, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
42 CHC Jorge Soler Daytona A+ 7-16, 2 HR, 3 RBI
43 STL Trevor Rosenthal St. Louis MLB 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
44 TB Taylor Guerrieri Bowling Green A Makes debut today
45 TB Jake Odorizzi Durham AAA Makes debut today
46 TB Chris Archer Durham AAA 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, W
47 SEA Nick Franklin Tacoma AAA Flu-like symptoms
48 OAK Addison Russell Stockton A+ 2-8, 2 BB
49 MIN Kyle Gibson Rochester AAA 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K
50 SD Jedd Gyorko San Diego MLB 6-23, 3 2B, 3 RBI
51 CIN Robert Stephenson Dayton A 5 IP,
52 WSH Brian Goodwin Harrisburg AA 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
53 SD Max Fried Fort Wayne A 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
54 PIT Alen Hanson Bradenton A+ 4-19, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SB
55 SD Rymer Liriano DL
56 TB Hak-Ju Lee Durham AAA 4-11, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 SB
57 HOU George Springer Corpus Christi AA 3-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI
58 COL David Dahl Extended ST TBD 0-4**
59 KC Yordano Ventura NW Arkansas AA 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
60 PHI Jesse Biddle Reading AA 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
61 SEA James Paxton Jackson AAA 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
62 COL Nolan Arenado Colorado Springs AAA 7-13, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI
63 CIN Didi Gregorius DL
64 MIL Wily Peralta Milwaukee MLB 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, L
65 PIT Gregory Polanco Bradenton A+ 4-15, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB
66 CIN Tony Cingrani Louisville AAA 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K
67 LAA Kaleb Cowart Arkansas AA 1-12, 1 SB
68 CWS Courtney Hawkins Winston-Salem A+ 1-10, 1 SB
69 SD Casey Kelly DL
70 MIA Jake Marisnick DL
71 BOS Allen Webster Pawtucket AAA 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
72 MIA Justin Nicolino Jupiter A+ 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, L
73 SD Austin Hedges Lake Elsinore A+ 1-14, 1 SB
74 WSH Lucas Giolito DL
75 NYY Tyler Austin Trenton AA 4-13, 2 2B, 1 RBI
76 LAD Yasiel Puig Chattanooga AA 5-10, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
77 ARI Matt Davidson Tucson AAA 7-18, 1 HR, 4 RBI
78 LAD Zach Lee Chattanooga AA 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
79 STL Kolten Wong Memphis AAA 4-16, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB
80 PHI Ethan Martin Lehigh Valley AAA 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
81 MIA Andrew Heaney DL
82 MIA Adeiny Hechavarria Miami MLB 6-20, 1 R
83 STL Michael Wacha Memphis AAA 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
84 TEX Luis Sardinas Myrtle Beach A+ 4-12, 1 RBI
85 LAD Joc Pederson Chattanooga AA 3-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB
86 SF Kyle Crick San Jose A+ 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
87 TEX Cody Buckel Frisco AA 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
88 TEX Jorge Alfaro Hickory A 3-10, 1 2B, 1 RBI
89 HOU Jarred Cosart Oklahoma City AAA 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
90 TOR Roberto Osuna Lansing A 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, W
91 WSH A.J. Cole Potomac A+ 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
92 DET Bruce Rondon Toledo AAA 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
93 MIN Oswaldo Arcia Rochester AAA 6-15, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
94 BOS Henry Owens Salem A+ 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
95 TEX Martin Perez DL
96 BOS Jose Iglesias Boston MLB 9-17, 2 2B, 1 RBI
97 SD Adam Eaton DL
98 MIN Aaron Hicks Minnesota MLB 2-26, 3 RBI
99 COL Trevor Story Modesto A+ 1-15, 1 R
100 SF Gary Brown Fresno AAA 4-18, 1 3B, 1 RBI

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

So much to read these days prospect-wise, it’s hard to know where to start.

Yes, that does read like the beginning of a promotional piece. So lets promote:

In case you didn’t see it, we now have a Top 20 international amateur prospect list on Prospect Watch. Big shout out to my colleague Jesse Sanchez (follow him on Twitter at @JesseSanchezMLB for doing the heavy lifting on that, not to mention a terrific story featuring No. 1 prospect Gustavo Cabrera.

We’ve also started a weekly Prospect Watch notebook. Edition No. 2 was posted today with stuff from myself and Mr. Sanchez on, in no particular order: DiDi Gregorius, Trevor Rosenthal, Kyle Skipworth, Evan Reed, Will Middlebrooks, Jonathan Singleton, Danny Hultzen, Jose Fernandez, Yasmani Grandal, Casey Kelly, Austin Hedges, Humberto Arteaga and much, much more! It’s about as jam-packed as a notebook can be with prospect info.

There are also a couple of new blogs that are definitely worth checking out. The Futurists is written by bloggers/fans/prospect geeks (that’s a complimentary term). It’s been a very active community writing and discussing all sorts of prospecty things.

Then there’s We the Prospects. That’s a blog written by prospects themselves about their experiences during the 2012 season. It’s just getting started with three players introducing themselves so far: the Brewers’ Nick Ramirez, the Diamondbacks’ Adam Eaton and the Reds’ Tucker Barnhart. Keep checking on that one for updates from that trio as well as other Minor Leaguers.

I leave you with this statistical tidbit:

To date, there are just two pitchers who qualify for an ERA title in the Minors who have an ERA of 0.00. They are Matt Barnes of the Red Sox and Felipe Rivero of the Rays. There are 15 pitchers who have yet to allow a hit in the Minor Leagues so far. None of them have thrown more than four innings, with one big exception: Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy, who has gone 13 hitless innings to start his professional career.

Oh, and keep an eye out for the 2012 Draft section to launch next week.

Dylan Bundy is Really Good, not Matt Hobgood

It certainly is a mistake to read too much into the first few games of a season or a player’s career. But it’s hard to ignore what Dylan Bundy (follow him on Twitter @Dylan_Bundy) has done right out of the gate here in 2012.

The No. 1o overall prospect and No. 2 on the Orioles’ Top 20 has made just two appearances at three innings apiece. But it’s hard to find anyone else who’s begun a career in more exciting fashion than what Bundy has done with his first six professional innings.

Dylan Bundy has been perfect so far during his pro debut.

Bundy, the No. 4 pick in last year’s Draft (Matt Hobgood, btw, was the No. 5 pick overall, by the Orioles, in 2009) has faced 18 batters in those six innings and retired all 18. Not a hit, nary a baserunner to be found. Of those 18 outs, 12 have come by way of the strikeout. In total, he’s thrown only 14 pitches.

Ok, that last stat I made up. But come on, it’s hard not to be impressed, right? Yes, Bundy had a reputation of being an advanced high school guy, one who might move faster than  most prep arms. But you think Orioles fans were excited about him before the year started? If he keeps this up, they’ll become apoplectic. People ask if he’s good enough to make it to the big leagues this year. That’s not going to happen, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll stay too long in the South Atlantic League if this continues. The Orioles will — and should — be patient, but something tells me he’s going to push them pretty hard.

(Editor’s note: Check out a recent blog post on our new prospect blog, The Futurists, about the Bundy Hype.)

It got us thinking (us being myself and colleague Jason Ratliff) about past high school phenoms coming out of the Draft. We had a theory that there were few, if any, high school pitchers who began their first full season of pro ball in as dominating a fashion as Bundy has. We couldn’t go all the way back — we don’t have game-by-game information in the Minors prior to 1999 (I was curious to see what Dwight Gooden did in his first 2 outings. In his first pro season, his only one in the Minors, he struck out 300. He also won 19 games while throwing 191 innings and completing 10 games — I guess monitoring pitch counts wasn’t such a big deal in 1983. Oh, he also walked 112). So starting with the 1999 Draft, here’s a partial list of high school pitchers taken in the top 10 of the Draft who got off to solid, if not quite Bundy-esque starts the following season. Archie Bradley, the fellow Oklahoman from last year’s Draft, is trying to keep up. Zack Greinke, who made his full-season debut in the Class A Advanced Carolina League, is the one who comes closest in my book.

1999 Draft

Josh Beckett (No. 2, Marlins): 9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 12 K
Bobby Bradley (No. 8, Pirates): 11 IP, 8 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 21 K

2000 Draft

Mike Stodolka (No. 4, Royals): 10 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

2002 Draft

Zack Greinke (No. 6, Royals): 11 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K (in Carolina League)

2003 Draft

John Danks (No. 9, Rangers): 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 12 K

2006 Draft

Clayton Kershaw (No. 7, Dodgers): 7 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 9 BB, 9 K

2007 Draft

Madison Bumgarner (No. 10, Giants): 8 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

2010 Draft

Jameson Taillon (No. 2, Pirates): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

2011 Draft

Archie Bradley (No. 7, Diamondbacks): 11 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 11 K

Draft: Dylan Bundy and his throwing program

A story on Yahoo! Sports stated that top high school pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has told some teams — including the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals — not to select him because of concerns those teams would force him to abandon his long-tossing program. You can read Jeff Passan’s story here.

Bundy uses a program where he’ll throw from distances up to 300 feet, something some teams don’t do. A discussion about the success of different throwing programs is a subject for another time. The question now is if Bundy is indeed instructing teams to stay away from him because of this, or any other, issue.

Based on conversations I’ve had with those two teams — picking first and fifth, respectively — this is news to them. The Royals told me that they have not communicated with Bundy regarding this subject in any fashion. The Pirates echoed that, saying they were unaware of any such concerns or demands.

This is not to say that Bundy doesn’t have concerns about continuing his slightly unorthodox workouts. But at least according to the two teams referenced in the story, he has not vocalized it to them. There has been a very big price tag being mentioned with Bundy and there are those who feel that the bonus demands, and maybe this talk about the throwing program, are designed to steer him to a specific club. There’s no buzz about which team that is, but this is bound to get more interesting as we get closer to the Draft.

Bundy, by the way, is ranked No. 5 in our Top 50 talent list and I had him No. 2, to the Mariners, in my first mock draft.

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