Farm Futures: California League Pitchers

Farm Futures: California League Pitchers

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

Each Tuesday a standout performer from a recent game will be profiled here and then a snapshot of the success and failure of notable players in a specific league will be provided. This week the focus is on a recent performance by Dodgers pitching prospect, Jose De Leon, who might be the top pop-up prospect for dynasty leagues so far in 2015, followed by a look at what some notable pitchers in the California League have been up to so far this season.

Jose De Leon, RHP, Double-A Tulsa
7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 11 K on May 29 against Double-A Frisco

De Leon is this year's meteoric climber up his system's ranks and up prospect lists thanks to a major velocity increase over the winter. Much like what Daniel Norris and Luis Severino did last season, De Leon climbed from High-A to Double-A before the end of May, and it's conceivable he could end the year in the big leagues if he continues his current pace. He would have been the top pitcher to profile in the California League this week if he were still pitching there, as he still ranks fourth in the league with 58 strikeouts despite only logging 37.2 innings there before getting promoted to Double-A Tulsa.

In his last start for the Drillers he faced a potent Frisco lineup headlined by recent big-league call-up Joey Gallo, as well as top-50 prospects Nomar Mazara, Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast.
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