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Dan Runzler - the 2010 SF Giant closer?

The Giants have a lot of good young pitching in the minors - both starting and relief.  You already know the big names, but I want to highlight a guy that's flying under the radar and putting up the best numbers of any pitcher in our system. 

Dan Runzler has been virtually unhittable so far this year.  When you delve down into his stats they're shockingly impressive.  He's only given up 2 runs and 12 hits in 43 innings pitched this year - less than 3 hits, and more than 13 Ks, per 9 innings pitched! 

Here are his stats for this year (split between Augusta and SJ), you can see that, except for Ks, he's actually gotten better after being promoted to high A:
Augusta:  0.68 ERA / 0.8 WHIP / 19 games / 26.1 IP / 2 runs / 8 hits / 45 K / 13 BB / .093 BAA
San Jose:  0.0 ERA / 0.42 WHIP / 15 games / 16.2 IP / 0 runs / 4 hits / 18 K / 3 BB / .070 BAA

This guy looks like one good option to allow us to trade Brian Wilson this offseason, or sometime next season, while his value is still high.  Runzler is a 24 years old (DOB = 3/30/85) lefty,  so he's old for an A+ league.  I'd like to see him promoted to AA soon to see if he continues to impress - maybe he can go up with our other A+ stud, Thomas Neal. 

He's a big, strong guy at 6'4" and 215 pounds, so he should have no problem handling the load.  Has anybody seen him pitch, or have a scouting report on him?  What's the velocity on his FB?  Does he have any good secondary pitches?  What's his out pitch?

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