These are notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here.
Yohan Ramirez, RHP, Houston Astros
Level: Hi-A Age: 23 Org Rank: NR FV: 35
Line: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 8 K
Ramirez has been up to 97 and is sitting 92-95 while making heavy use of an above-average curveball. Spinwise, he averages about 2300 rpm on his heater, and 2500 on the curve, which is relatively tame for Houston prospects. His changeup is a distant, tertiary offering. He’s K’d 30 in 20 innings so far, but looks like a two-pitch relief candidate at most.
Zach Plesac, RHP, Cleveland Indians
Level: Double-A Age: 24 Org Rank: HM FV: 35
Line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 R, 9 K
Plesac’s velocity is up. He sat 90-94 in college and was back in that range following Tommy John, but this season his fastball is averaging about 94 and bumping 97. His changeup is plus, and he is throwing a lot of strikes, something that he didn’t do as an amateur. There’s still not a great breaking ball here and that might limit Plesac’s role, but he’s starting to look like a near-ready bullpen option, at least. Cleveland continues to do quite well developing college changeup artists.
Rico Garcia, RHP, Colorado Rockies
Level: Double-A Age: 25 Org Rank: tbd FV: 35
Line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 11 K
Garcia will sit 93-96 and touch 97 early in outings but lose command and zip later in starts. There are a variety of opinions about Garcia’s delivery, as one source thinks his deliberately paced mechanics are easy for hitters to time, while another thinks Garcia hides the ball really well. He’ll flash an above-average changeup and slider, and shows an ability to manipulate the fastball to sink and cut at various times. He’s more of a middle relief candidate than potential rotation piece, but it appears Colorado has found a big league piece in the 30th round.
Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.
I was at the Lynchburg @ Fayetteville game last night and Yohan Ramirez put on quite a show. He was 94-97 while throwing a sharp curve averaging 80-82. I didn’t catch a change-up all night but the two pitches he featured looked very impressive. The Lynchburg hitters didn’t have a chance.