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Prospect Buzz: Michael Pineda, Bryce Harper, Mike Minor, Zach Britton, and Jarrod Parker

  • Although the Seattle Mariners are still years away from any sort of contention, it appears as though they are seriously considering breaking camp with the 22-year-old right-hander, Michael Pineda.  Standing at an imposing 6-foot-7, 260-pounds, Pineda is widely considered to be one of baseball’s best right-handed pitching prospects (#17 on the Sombrero’s Top 50), and with a fastball that touches the upper-90s, one can understand why.  So far this Spring, Pineda has posted a 2.57 ERA, struck out five, and walked three over seven innings of work.  According to Matthew Carruth of Fangraphs, however, including Pineda in the Opening Day rotation is not necessarily a wise decision…
  • Here at the Sombrero, there’s no such thing as too much Bryce Harper.  After an impressive Spring Training in which he hit .389 (7-for-18) with three doubles and five RBI, the Nationals assigned the 18-year-old to Class A Hagerstown on Saturday afternoon.  Wanting to make the most of every Spring Training opportunity, Harper mentioned that he was feeling “hitterish” the other day.  What exactly does “hitterish” mean? Well, it’s a good thing that our friends at Diamond Hoggers are here to break it down for everybody.

  • With rotations that are anything but solidified, both the Braves and Orioles are hoping that Spring Training will help to identify their respective fifth starters.  For the Braves, it looks as though left-hander Mike Minor (our #22 prospect) might be the favorite to win the job.  On Monday, the 23-year-old added to his already impressive Spring Training by hurling five scoreless frames against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Minor has now surrendered just a single run in his 10 innings of work; he’s scattered seven hits, walked four, and struck out seven.
  • On Saturday, Diamondbacks’ right-hander Jarrod Parker showed exactly why we ranked him as the #8 prospect in baseball, as he fired two scoreless innings and struck out three (including Troy Tulowitzki) against the Colorado Rockies.  While it is unlikely that Parker will begin the year in the Major Leagues, it’s not a stretch to believe that he will make his debut in 2011.  And given that he’s just 22-years-old – and has mechanics to die for – Parker will be a fixture in the D’Backs’ rotation for years to come.

Prospect Buzz is the new, prospect-related link drop of The Golden Sombrero.  As you may already know, we love prospects here at the Sombrero.  So if you have an article or link that you would like us consider for this segment, feel free to either email us or send it our way on Twitter.

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