|As predicted last offseason, Smoker’s move
to the ‘pen revived his prospect status,
enough for him to get mentioned as a
possible Rule 5 target. Consistently throws
in the mid-90s but has the Nolan Ryan “tell”
for his FB. The walks are still too many for
ninth-inning work (hence just 18GF of 46G)
but nearly 10K/9IP will make him a SU guy to
watch in ’12.
|A projectability pick based largely on his
long, lean frame. Fastball velocity can range
from 86 to 94 on back-to-back outings. Also
throws an inconsistent slider and slow (80-
84) splitter. For a 22-y.o. JuCo arm, he’s
quite raw, but he’s been drafted twice so
the Nats aren’t alone in wanting to see how
he’ll do with some professional coaching.
|Applebee has been a swingman for the Suns
the past two seasons, but appears to profile
better out of the ‘pen. Lowered his ERA from
4.68 to 3.35 with a strong second half. Not
a hard thrower (86-88) but does have good
control and plus offspeed offerings, i.e.
just what you’d want from a LOOGY.
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|Another one of the ’11 IFAs, Barrientos put
up strong numbers (1.047 WHIP, 8.7K/9,
2.8BB/9, 1.78ERA) over 35⅓ innings in the
DSL as a 17-y.o. Not invited to instrux, so a
repeat of the DSL might be possible.