The notable category is now entering its sixth iteration (out of eight). Is it full-fledged category? Probably not. But take it at face value: These are guys worth mentioning but aren’t worthy of full consideration for their position.
Unlike the bats, no pitcher listed here has become a viable arm in D.C. for an extended period of time. Two (Erik Davis in and Cole Kimball) had brief stints. Austin Adams might become the first one, which is primarily why he’s listed.
Without further ado…
Austin L. Adams
Adams was a bright spot on an otherwise abysmal Syracuse staff in 2016. Walks have been his bugaboo throughout his career, but he also has averaged 12.2 K/9 in 289 pro innings.
Valdez converted to relief in 2017 and had a decent campaign for Harrisburg (2.72/2.92/1.16 in 43IP) but not so much for Syracuse (6.75/3.30/1.46 in 24IP), which was skewed by a seven-run smackdown in a spot start.
Injuries continue to dog Davis, who pitched just 54⅓ innings and missed most of May and June. He was finally allowed to throw more than 80 pitches, but struggled with eight more whiffs than walks and the same differential between BB and HR.
Ramirez, a two-time DSL Guy, was begun in Low-A and struggled (5.29/5.90/1.57) in 14 appearances (6GS) and was dropped down to SS-A where he rebounded (3.86/4.37/1.33). He is, however, lefthanded and just 21.
A 2017 5th Rd. pick, Hill was promoted to Hagerstown after four appearances and three starts for Auburn. He wasn’t as effective but averaged about a K per IP.
Infante is lefthanded and has averaged nearly 10K per 9IP in two short seasons. He’s also walked more than four per, leading to the inference that he’s a hard thrower learning to harness his stuff.
Stoeckinger fanned 31 in 26⅔ innings in his pro debut last summer in the GCL as a 21-y.o. (and has already come down with Nats elbow!) as a 12th Rd. pick out of Central Florida C.C.