Like everyone else on the board, I'm quite down over recent results. In order to cheer myself up I went to unearth some shiny new prospects. I focused on 2009 late round pitchers (10th round or lower) as the Giants seem to consistently find pitching talent later in the draft. Since Jason Walls hasn't debuted I didn't include him, but he may have a better arm than any of these three guys. I can dig up the various links from which I gathered the information if need be.
B.J. Salsbury 6'2 185 DOB 10/22/1989 - drafted 13th round
AZL Giants - 50 IP 5-1 2.50 ERA 40 K 33 H 9 BB 7.2 K/9 4.45 K/BB .83 WHIP .183 opp. avg.
Why he dropped - Been drafted before and failed to sign. Had options as a J.C. guy. Present fastball velocity reported to be 88-91 (one link reported it to be "low 90s.)
Performance - Excellent debut at a completely age appropriate level. Control appears to be outstanding for such a young pitcher and he's performed especially well recently. In his last 38 IP, he's allowed 6 ER on 16 H 4 BB and 27 Ks while posting a 1.77 ERA, .53 WHIP and 6.75 K/BB.
Why he might be a sleeper - His curve is reported to be plus and he bas a "solid" change. He's got a nice frame for pitching and he's only 19. If he can add a tick or two on his fastball then he has the making of two potential major league average offerings as well as a plus curve. His command is quite good for a young player.
Questions: Will he add velocity? Without more velocity, is his K rate likely to plummet? Is his control for real?
Craig Westcott 6'4" 225 DOB: 03/01/1986 - drafted 30th round
AZ 4-0 .69 ERA 13 IP 21 K 4 H 3 BB 14.5 K/9 7 K/BB .53 WHIP .98 opp. avg.
SK 2-0 2.66 ERA 20.1 IP 30 K 16 H 7 BB 13.5 K/9 4.3 K/BB 1.13 Whip .216 opp. avg.
Why he dropped in the draft - NAIA guy in Mississippi. Was a 1B at West Florida before transferring to Belhaven for his senior year. Likely pretty raw as a pitcher. Already 23 y/o.
Performance - Was clearly far superior to AZL hitters but at 23 he should be. His numbers at SK are still pretty impressive, though he's still a bit old for that level. He's been a starter for three games and has maintained the ridiculous k/9 rate. His performance to me suggest swing through stuff as opposed to Ks through deception.
Why he might be a sleeper - 6'4" 215 with plus fastball. Hit 93 while trying out for Belhaven and that was before he was a full time pitcher. There's likely more in there and he could be a mid 90s guy with reps. According to one of Belhaven's assistant coaches, "his slider is a late-breaking pitch with a lot of velocity, and he can command it, get you to chase it."
If he finds a 3rd pitch he could have starter potential. Otherwise seems like a quality relief prospect.
Questions: Can he move fast as a starter? Should he be fast tracked as a reliever? Do his size and fresh arm make him a legitimate starting pitching prospect if he develops a 3rd pitch?
Chris Gloor 6'6" 255 DOB: 03/07/1987 Drafted 17th round
SK 5-1 2.80 ERA 35.1 IP 37K 27 H 15 BB 9.4 K/9 2.47 K/BB 1.19 WHIP .214 opp. avg
Why he dropped in the draft - Fastball disappeared for about a year. Went from 92 to 84 without any injury. Is the fastball back?
Performance - He's being starting recently but if the stats are an indication it seems to be affecting his stuff. In 15.1 IP as a RP he's got a .59 ERA 12.9 K/9 .65 WHIP and a .122 opp. avg. As a relief pitcher he's been lights out. At 22, he's not ancient for the Northwest league.
Why he might be a sleeper: Here's what PG crosschecker wrote about him prior to the 08 college season.
"An easy selection as the Coastal Plain League’s No. 1 prospect this summer, Gloor showed unusually fluid mechanics, command and pitchability for a big lefthander. He had the ability to throw three pitches for strikes, including a 90-92 mph moving fastball that crept to the mid-90s on occasion, an above-average curve and change. He got good downhill plane on his pitches and pounded the strike zone consistently. Gloor dominated CPL hitters, striking out 78 in 48 innings—a nine-inning average of 14.6"
They went on to project him as a 3rd -4th round pick. His velocity dipped and he went in round 38 in 2008.
He's a huge physical guy, so IMO he's got a good chance of returning to his prior velocity.
Questions - Should they continue looking at him as a starter? Is his stuff greatly inferior as a starter?