The threat of injury and poor command from rough mechanics has followed Arodys Vizcaino since signing out of the Dominican Republic several years ago.
Vizcaino was seen as having closer potential throughout his time as a prospect. He initially began his pro career as a starter, but it was pretty well known and accepted that he would eventually move to the bullpen where a team could limit the effects of below-average command and effort in the delivery.
The World Wood Bat Association World Championship is fast approaching, and some local players are already listed on teams that will participate.
South Carolina announced Tuesday that South Aiken product Taylor Widener will miss fall practices after recently undergoing surgery.
Widener underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery on his right arm and will be out two to three months. He’s expected back for the beginning of team practices in January.
Getting into mid-September means getting into fall baseball for the regional college programs, and a couple have announced their schedules.
This concludes my Augusta GreenJackets player reports. I wrote reports on the GreenJackets who represent the most upside to play in the major leagues. That doesn't mean others won't make it. I just stuck to the four with the most upside and highest grades based on what I saw this season.
If I get enough response, I'll have a mailbag to answer any player questions not covered by these reports or notes. If you have a question on a player who saw time in Augusta this season, email me or tweet it to @David11Lee.
20 years old
Drafted 11th round, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, 2013
2015 A: 458 PA, .278/.347/.349, 19 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 35 RBI, 6.1 BB%, 14.2 K%, .330 wOBA, 104 wRC+, .326 BABIP
OFP: 45; 4th OF, Below-Average Regular
Realistic: 35; Low Bench, Up/Down
Hit: 20 present; 30 future
International free agent, 2013, Dominican Republic
2015 A: 36.2 IP, 3.44 ERA, 4.00 FIP, 14.9 K%, 6.5 BB%, .310 BABIP
Rk: 3 IP, 2 BB, 5 K
OFP: 60; No. 3 starter
Realistic: 50; No. 4 starter
Risk: High; injury on report, lacks full-season resume
Fastball: 50 present; 60 future; 89-94
Drafted in 5th round, 2014, Southern Illinois
2015 A: 106.2 IP, 3.21 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 23.2 K%, 7.3 BB%, .317 BABIP
OFP: 55; No. 3/4 starter; mid-closer
Realistic: 45; low-setup/7th inning reliever
Fastball: 55 present; 65 future; 90-96, t97
22 years old
Drafted 2nd round, Florida International, 2014
2014 A: 363 PA, .273/.350/.467, 15 2B, 3B, 15 HR, 61 RBI, 9.6 BB%, 21.2 K%, .373 wOBA, 132 wRC+, .194 ISO, .312 BABIP
A+: 72 PA, .231/.306/.277, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 9.7 BB%, 25 K%, .273 wOBA, 66 wRC+, .319 BABIP
OFP: 55; above-average regular
Realistic: 45; second-division regular/backup
Hit: 30 present; 55 future