The Saber's Edge: Flying Under the Radar
The Saber's Edge: Flying Under the Radar

This article is part of our The Saber's Edge series.

Carlos Carrasco was the headline piece the Indians got back in trade from the Phillies for Cliff Lee. Baseball America ranked him the second best prospect in the Phillies system and the 52nd best in the majors. He struggled in his first three seasons with a 4.93 ERA before needing Tommy John surgery. He continued to struggle after returning until the middle of the 2014 season when he really turned it on. Over the past calendar year, he has the 8th most strikeouts in the majors to go with a 3.11 ERA. Carrasco always had the pitches to make it and he finally pulled it all together. Today, I am going to look at some pitching prospects who may be off the radar.

Last week I looked at hitting prospects who have yet to establish themselves as MLB regulars and have been sent to and from minors. This week it is the pitchers' turn to be in the spotlight. Scouting a toolsy pitcher is fairly easy, but they never seem to put it all together. Generally, these pitchers get the "frustrating" label placed on them. Some are never are able to put it together. But others do and can become staff aces.

When looking at pitching prospects, a person must remember that almost 99% of the prospects are coming up to the majors as starters. Rarely does a relief pitcher get a prospect ranking. Many failed starters do end up as great relievers (see Andrew Miller). While the

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Jeff Zimmerman
Zimmerman writes analytics-focused baseball and football articles for RotoWire. He is a three-time FSWA award winner, including the Football Writer of the Year and Best Football Print Article awards in 2016. The 2017 Tout Wars Mixed Auction champion and 2016 Tout Wars Head-to-Head champ, Zimmerman also contributes to FanGraphs.com, BaseballHQ and Baseball America.
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