2011 Watchlist: LH Relievers

 
Joe Testa Joe Testa
DOB: 12/18/85
Ht. 5′ 10″
Wt. 175
Bats: L
Career Stats
Acquired in the Matt Capps deadline deal
that more famously netted Wilson Ramos,
Testa was considered a throw-in, particularly
after a poor showing at AA (1-4, 8.25).
Undersized (5-10, 175), Testa compensates
by throwing a large arsenal of pitches,
including a cutter, 2-and 4-seam fastballs, a
changeup, and a curve.
Paul Applebee Paul Applebee
DOB: 5/17/88
Ht. 6′ 3″
Wt. 195
Bats: L
Career Stats
Applebee swung between the Hagerstown
‘pen and rotation, but was more effective
as a reliever (3.64 vs. 4.56 ERA). A soft-
tossing lefty (85-87), Applebee lives on his
plus changeup while showing some touch on
his slider.
Josh Smoker Josh Smoker
DOB: 11/26/88
Ht. 6′ 2″
Wt. 195
Bats: L
Career Stats
Smoker struggled mightily for most of the
2010 season before moving to the bullpen at
the beginning of August. In eleven outings,
Smoker posted a 1.35 ERA with 21K’s in 13⅓
innings, his fastball clocked as high as 97.
He also walked eight, but Sickels believes
that if the walks can be toned down, this
move could resurrect his career and put him
back on the prospect radar.
Ryan Demmin Ryan Demmin
DOB: 4/5/88
Ht. 6′ 1″
Wt. 210
Bats: L
Career Stats
A 2010 draft pick, Demmin was one of the
few truly bright spots in the Vermont ‘pen,
striking out 32 in 31 innings of work primarily
as a reliever with a 1.45ERA. Throws a mid-
80s fastball with a plus slider.
Christian Meza Christian Meza
DOB: 8/3/90
Ht. 6′
Wt. 185
Bats: L
Career Stats
Said to have “plus command of fringy stuff”
by draft guru Andy Seiler, Meza posted a
1.52 ERA in the GCL before getting
hammered in two NYPL appearances but
makes the list as a multi-level pitcher in 2010.
Nick Serino Nick Serino
DOB: 10/25/88
Ht. 5′ 10″
Wt. 205
Bats: R
Career Stats
Serino is a former teammate of Mitchell
Clegg at UMass who put up decent numbers
in the GCL (25K in 25⅔ IP) as a 37th-rd.
pick, translating his 10.72K/9 in 2010
from the A-10 to the pros.
Jesus Guzman
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Jesus Guzman
DOB: 1/2/91
Ht. 6′ 3″
Wt. 175
Bats: L
Career Stats
Guzman makes it onto the watchlist as a 19-
year-old that had a near league-average ERA
despite walking 18 and allowing 18 hits in 21
innings. He also struck out 23, with just three
WP and three HBP.

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