Daily Prospect Notes: 5/23

Daily notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here.

Anthony Gose, LHP, Detroit (Profile)
Level: Hi-A   Age: 26   Org Rank: NR   Top 100: NR
Line: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Gose hasn’t technically been a prospect since 2012, but he’s attempting to stick the landing on a Reverse Ankiel and convert to the mound after nine pro seasons as an outfielder. Gose’s inability to hit at the big-league level has sparked whimsical discussion about a conversion because he’s very athletic, was up to 97 on the mound in high school, and had some breaking-ball feel. His fastball was hovering in the mid- to upper 90s during extended spring training as he got up to speed for affiliated ball.

Diego Castillo, RHP, Tampa Bay (Profile)
Level: Double-A   Age: 23   Org Rank: 18   Top 100: NR
Line: 2 IP, 4 K, 0 H, 1 BB

I took umbrage with Castillo’s usage last year, noting that he didn’t pitch on back-to-back days, which might have inflated his elite-looking fastball velocity. Not only has Castillo thrown on back-to-back days this season, but he has several multi-inning appearances on his record now. He isn’t missing as many bats but that’s likely because his secondary pitches are mediocre, not because of velocity dilution. He’s throwing strikes (4% walk rate) and has a 2.28 ERA at Double-A — and, even though he only has middle-relief stuff, Castillo might be more valuable than that if he can work multiple innings. It appears he’s being groomed for such a role.

Jose Adolis Garcia, OF, St. Louis (Profile)
Level: Double-A   Age: 24   Org Rank: NR (had not yet signed)   Top 100: NR
Line: 3-for-3, BB, HR, CS

Garcia has homered in consecutive games, his first since April 20, and has looked exactly as advertised by international scouts before he signed. He’s a plus runner with plus bat speed, but he has swing-and-miss issues and his tools play down because of an erratic style of play. He continues to project as a fourth outfielder.

Notes from the back fields
None today, as I spent Monday in the air on my way to Kentucky for the ACC Tournament.

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.

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Cory Settoon
6 years ago

‘Reverse Ankiel’ sounds like a gnarly skateboarding trick.

‘Reverse Ankiel’ also sounds like a gnarly skateboarding injury.