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Top 50 Prospects: #18 – Tyler Skaggs

#18 Tyler Skaggs

Arizona Diamondbacks

DOB: 7/13/1991

Previous Rank: N/R

ETA: 2012

Skaggs really has nothing left to prove in the Minors in our opinion, even though he has never thrown a Triple-A pitch.  His 10 starts in the Southern League were as convincing as any collected by any southpaw not named Matt Moore this season.  He posted a 2.50 ERA for Mobile, striking out 73 guys and only issuing 15 walks in under 60 innings.  While Arizona will undoubtedly send Skaggs back to the farm for more polishing, it’s no secret that he’s ready and should find himself among the Show’s youngest starting pitchers within the next year or two.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS IP BB SO
2009 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk LAA 0 0 1.80 5 2 10.0 2 13
2009 17 Orem PION Rk LAA 0 0 4.50 2 0 4.0 1 6
2009 17 Angels ARIZ Rk LAA 0 0 0.00 3 2 6.0 1 7
2010 18 2 Teams 1 Lg A LAA,ARI 9 5 3.29 23 18 98.1 25 102
2010 18 Cedar Rapids MIDW A LAA 8 4 3.61 19 14 82.1 21 82
2010 18 South Bend MIDW A ARI 1 1 1.69 4 4 16.0 4 20
2011 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA ARI 9 6 2.96 27 27 158.1 49 198
2011 19 Visalia CALL A+ ARI 5 5 3.22 17 17 100.2 34 125
2011 19 Mobile SOUL AA ARI 4 1 2.50 10 10 57.2 15 73
3 Seasons 18 11 3.04 55 47 266.2 76 313
A (1 season) A 9 5 3.29 23 18 98.1 25 102
Rk (1 season) Rk 0 0 1.80 5 2 10.0 2 13
AA (1 season) AA 4 1 2.50 10 10 57.2 15 73
A+ (1 season) A+ 5 5 3.22 17 17 100.2 34 125
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2011.
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk LAA 0 0 1.80 10.0 1.100 8.1 0.0 1.8 11.7 6.50
2009 17 Orem PION Rk LAA 0 0 4.50 4.0 1.500 11.2 0.0 2.2 13.5 6.00
2009 17 Angels ARIZ Rk LAA 0 0 0.00 6.0 0.833 6.0 0.0 1.5 10.5 7.00
2010 18 2 Teams 1 Lg A LAA,ARI 9 5 3.29 98.1 1.180 8.3 0.6 2.3 9.3 4.08
2010 18 Cedar Rapids MIDW A LAA 8 4 3.61 82.1 1.202 8.5 0.7 2.3 9.0 3.90
2010 18 South Bend MIDW A ARI 1 1 1.69 16.0 1.062 7.3 0.6 2.2 11.2 5.00
2011 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA ARI 9 6 2.96 158.1 1.105 7.2 0.6 2.8 11.3 4.04
2011 19 Visalia CALL A+ ARI 5 5 3.22 100.2 1.142 7.2 0.5 3.0 11.2 3.68
2011 19 Mobile SOUL AA ARI 4 1 2.50 57.2 1.040 7.0 0.6 2.3 11.4 4.87
3 Seasons 18 11 3.04 266.2 1.132 7.6 0.6 2.6 10.6 4.12
A (1 season) A 9 5 3.29 98.1 1.180 8.3 0.6 2.3 9.3 4.08
Rk (1 season) Rk 0 0 1.80 10.0 1.100 8.1 0.0 1.8 11.7 6.50
AA (1 season) AA 4 1 2.50 57.2 1.040 7.0 0.6 2.3 11.4 4.87
A+ (1 season) A+ 5 5 3.22 100.2 1.142 7.2 0.5 3.0 11.2 3.68
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2011.

Skaggs features three pitches that all grade as at least 55s, with his breaker a no-doubt plus to double-plus pitch.  It is a very tight 12-6 bender that features excellent shape and can get both sides of the dish out consistently, both in the zone and in the dirt.  His fastball has picked up several notches of pace in the last year and now is nearly always in the low-90s.  His changeup is behind the other two pitches, but only because a changeup inherently has less life than aggressive fastballs and breakers.  He turns it over quite well for a 20-year-old who has never needed it, though.  His delivery is athletic, fluid, and repeatable.  He gets excellent makeup grades as well.  Skaggs is a prized commodity and is simply one more stellar arm that the geniuses in Phoenix have stockpiled.

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