Top 10 MLB Pitching Prospects
1. Matt Moore, P Tampa Bay Rays (D.O.B. 6/18/89)
After an amazing 2010 where Matt Moore led the minors in strikeouts, he's been even better in 2011. Through 17 starts he is 7-3 with a 2.14 ERA, 125 strikeouts and 96.2 innings pitched. Moore's first half solidifies him as a major star and top prospect. Look for Moore to be a late-season addition to the Rays' roster as they make a playoff push.
- 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Matt Moore
- 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Matt Moore (/819)
2. Shelby Miller, P St. Louis Cardinals (D.O.B. 10/10/90)
Beginning 2011 in High-A Florida State League, Shelby Miller put up fantastic numbers to earn a promotion to the Double-A Texas League. He features good heat, with a mid- to high-90s fastball and growing off-speed pitches. Through 16 starts in 2011, Miller is 6-4 with a 2.45 ERA between the two leagues. Like Moore, his strikeout-to-innings ratio is high, striking out 124 in 95.2 innings.
- 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Shelby Miller (/690)
- 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Shelby Miller
3. Julio Teheran, P Atlanta Braves (D.O.B. 1/27/91)
Entering the year, Julio Teheran was my top pitching prospects and has not done much to dissuade me. Miller and Moore's amazing first halves forced me to drop Julio to number three. He sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and is developing off-speed pitches. He has been in Triple-A all year, going 9-1 with a 1.79 ERA.
4. Drew Pomeranz, P Cleveland Indians (D.O.B. 11/22/88)
Drew Pomeranz is quietly having a great season in the High-A Carolina League. He may not have as great a record as others on this list, but his 1.87 ERA and OBA of .202 are incredible, justifying his spot near the top of the list.
- 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Autographs Drew Pomeranz
- 2010 Bowman Sterling Autographs Drew Pomeranz
- 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Drew Pomeranz (/527)
5. Brad Peacock, P Washington Nationals (D.O.B. 2/2/88)
After having a few rough seasons to begin his professional career, Brad Peacock has bounced back in 2011 with one of the best years in the minors. He is 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA while striking out 129 in 98.2 innings. He wouldn't have made my top 50 pitchers list before 2011 but you just can't deny these numbers.
6. Tyler Skaggs, P Arizona Diamondbacks (D.O.B. 7/13/91)
Pitching in the hardest league to get outs in, Skaggs has done well in the California League. In 100.2 innings he has struck out 125 while walking just 34. This, along with a 3.22 ERA puts the 19-year-old Skaggs high on this list.
7. Dellin Betances, P New York Yankees (D.O.B. 3/23/88)
Following his 2010, many thought Dellin Betances could win a spot in the Yankees' rotation. He was 8-1 with a 2.11 ERA after an injury-plagued season. This year he started where he left off, going 4-3 with a 2.62 ERA in the Double-A Eastern League. He has held opponents to just a .194 average against. He has one glaring issue: walks. Betances has given 40 free passes in just 75.2 innings pitched. He must get his control down before he gets a call to the Bronx.
- 2005-06 USA Baseball Junior National Team Signatures (/495)
- 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Dellin Betances
- 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Dellin Betances (/494)
8. Tyler Thornburg, P Milwaukee Brewers (D.O.B. 9/29/88)
A third-round pick in 2010, Tyler Thornburg has burst on the scene this year. Overall, he is 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA and has held opponents to a .198 average against. He had a tremendous start to the season in the Single-A Midwest League where he was pitching against inferior competition. Thus far, he has pitched well since being promoted to the high-A Florida State League.
- 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Tyler Thornburg
- 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Tyler Thornburg (/819)
9. Taijuan Walker, P Seattle Mariners (D.O.B. 8/13/92)
Seattle held Taijuan Walker in extended spring training for a few weeks to help him get more seasoned. When he was promoted to the Low-A Midwest League, he looked incredible. He has had a few shutouts thus far and double-digit strikeout games. Still just 18, Walker has a bright future ahead of him.
- 2010 Bowman Sterling Autographs Taijuan Walker
- 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Taijuan Walker (/819)
10. Matt Harvey, P New York Mets (D.O.B. 3/27/89)
Beginning the season in the Florida State League, Matt Harvey's stuff was impressive. In 14 starts he was 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA before being promoted to Double-A. Since his promotion, he has not been as impressive, with his ERA ballooning to 9.24 with one really bad start. The seventh-overall pick in 2010, many thought Harvey to be the top college arm, right up there with Pomeranz. Highly recruited out of high school, he choose to go to the University of North Carolina, where he struggled in his freshman and sophomore campaigns. In his junior year he showed why he was so highly touted, moving his way back up the draft boards. Harvey is polished and mature and should be arriving in New York to begin 2012.
- 2006-07 USA Baseball Signatures Matt Harvey (/545)
- 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Autographs Matt Harvey