Grayson Rodriguez is another young American born player with the Orioles. Rodriguez is listed as being the No. 53 Prospect to watch. Rodriguez was drafted in the first round of the 2018 draft. He was another selection straight out of high school. Over 2 years he’s accumulated a 2.00 ERA, .700 Win-Loss Percentage with 7 wins and 3 losses.
His main pitches are the fastball, slider, curveball, and potential for a changeup. Grayson has been named the Mid-Season All-Star in 2019 and Pitcher of the Week. Manager Kyle Moore speaks very highly of Rodriguez saying,
"“If it’s possible for a high first-rounder to exceed expectations, he probably has.”"
The New York Yankees have a history of developing pitcher velocity and spin rates. This explains why the Yankees have always have such a dangerously strong pitching core. Out of the Yankees top 30 prospects, 21 happen to be pitchers. Note to the Red Sox: this is already a very dangerous area that our competition overpowers us in. It’s important to keep an eye on this and make moves to better arm ourselves.
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The Yankees will be represented by young 20-year-old Dominican born Deivi Garcia. Garcia has spent 2 years playing at the AA level and 2 years playing A+ level. During the 4 years, he has a 2.81 ERA, .516 Win-Loss Percentage, 16 wins, and 15 losses.
Comparisons have been made between Garcia and Pedro Martinez. Martinez was a pitcher in the Red Sox organization for 7 years. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame, an 8x All-Star, 3x Cy Young winner, 5x ERA Title holder, Triple Crown, and an All-Star MVP. The praise is remarkably high.
Garcia has a fastball, curveball, and has been working towards improving his changeup through imitation of Martinez. If he’s able to master those 3 pitches, speculation is that he’ll be in the majors before the end of the season.
Last but not least, what’s going on within the Toronto Blue Jays farm system?