AL West Prospect breakdown


Mr. Nathaniel Stoltz just finished his top-100 prospects over at Seedlings to Stars and is now doing his divisonal review with a few extra “mentionable” prospects. Take a look at what he had to say for the AL-West and our own Seattle Mariners:

"Seattle Mariners Top 100 Prospects: RHP Taijuan Walker (#23), 2B/SS Nick Franklin (#41), LHP James Paxton (#43), LHP Danny Hultzen (#46), 1B/3B/OF Vinnie Catricala (#59), RHP Jose Campos (#82)RHP Erasmo Ramirez–If you want to dream, you could see Ramirez as another Doug Fister. He’s almost a foot shorter than Fister and far stockier, but he has a similar arsenal: 88-92 mph fastball, good changeup, decent breaking ball. Most notably, however, he pounds the zone, walking just 32 batters in 152 2/3 IP between Double-A and Triple-A. And he doesn’t even turn 22 until May! The question, of course, is whether his finesse-y repertoire will continue to excel in the majors, or whether he’s just another Yusmeiro Petit."

Nathaniel, from what I can tell, isn’t a big one for tools that don’t nesscarily show consistently. So guys like Fransisco Martinez, Carlos Triunfel and Guillermo Pimentel are guys he tends to not value as highly as others that are very into tools and abilities. I am a little surprised by the lack of mention with Phillips Castillo, Brandon Maurer and Chih Hsien Chiang. But, ultimately there is a lot of give and take with these prospect list as I’ve admitted previously.