Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Grantland: The Top Prospect Progress Poll.

Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Rays: Even in a lost season for Wil Myers, the Rays have gotten significant value from the James Shields trade thanks to Odorizzi’s performance, which one scout termed a “huge breakthrough.”

“Odorizzi could always pitch and he always had a deep arsenal, but the knock on him was always the lack of that put-away pitch,” another scout wrote. “Now we’re looking at a dude who strikes out hitters left and right with an upper 80s, low 90s fastball. The key for him has been the development of that changeup, and I think he’s done a better job of learning how to use it as the year has progressed. He really pitches well with the fastball and uses that cut-slider and lollipop curve to disrupt timing while putting away hitters with a sneaky fastball or change.”

Odorizzi has always reminded me a little of Jeff Weaver, except less of an uggo.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:13 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: prospects

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Sonny Gray's Got a Yakker for Your Culo Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:47 PM (#4776794)
Odorizzi is developing into the pitcher I had hoped Dan Straily would become.
   2. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4776797)
And of course by "Jeff", I meant "Jered". I absolutely cannot ever keep that straight, and Jered is a player whose stylings I have always enjoyed.
   3. madvillain Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:18 PM (#4776824)
Erick Johnson has one of the worst years I've ever seen for a White Sox top prospect that was "MLB Ready". He pitched decent in a cup of coffee last year after performing well in AA/AAA. This year he was absolutely brutal in both Chicago and AAA. Brutal. They finally just shut him down last week with "shoulder fatigue".

All evidence points to a shoulder problem as guys almost never just go from that good to that awful so suddenly but not much has come out, if anything, on any injury. One thing that was obvious is that he lost a few ticks on his fastball this year only hitting 89,90.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM (#4776834)
I never liked Odorizzi as a prospect because I thought his fastball was way too straight and he left the ball up too much and I've probably haven't been so wrong on a prospect since when I was buying massive Dan Reichert stock.

Stroman is a really fun guy to watch and has a chance to be a star. Love watching him pitch.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Dingbat_Charlie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Newsblog5-1-16 OMNICHATTER
(21 - 1:30pm, May 01)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogAn oral history of Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run
(10 - 1:29pm, May 01)
Last: Jay Z

NewsblogOTP 2016 April 25: Forget politics, baseball season in full gear
(1736 - 1:20pm, May 01)
Last: zenbitz

NewsblogReplay catches Albert Pujols off bag and costs LA Angels in loss at Texas
(21 - 1:17pm, May 01)
Last: I'm not Black I'm Orange Julius

NewsblogBeyond the Boxscore: Joe Mauer is back.
(7 - 1:11pm, May 01)
Last: DavidFoss

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(966 - 1:09pm, May 01)
Last: JJ1986

NewsblogWho Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong
(6 - 1:06pm, May 01)
Last: kthejoker

NewsblogOT: Soccer March/April 2016
(713 - 12:56pm, May 01)
Last: sardonic

NewsblogAstros, Rangers Exploring Carolina League Teams
(4 - 12:40pm, May 01)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogExploring how MLB has turned Yankee Stadium against Yankees | New York Post
(2 - 12:22pm, May 01)
Last: JEe (Jason)

NewsblogSherman: How baseball enticed Dee Gordon to use PEDs
(45 - 11:48am, May 01)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

Newsblog4-30 OMNICHATTER
(107 - 8:47am, May 01)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogMiami Herald: MLB has suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games after he tested positive for PEDs
(58 - 6:18am, May 01)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogOt: 2015-2016 NHL Thread
(248 - 1:09am, May 01)
Last: PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth)

NewsblogFG - Rate Your MLB Broadcaster
(85 - 12:15am, May 01)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

Page rendered in 0.1210 seconds
47 querie(s) executed