We continue looking at our minor league Top 30 prospects and determine if they can be of any help to the major league club this next season.
Here are the first two installments into this series:
Let’s continue as we look at prospects #16-20.
# 20- Connor Jones
This right-handed pitcher out of the University of Virginia was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 draft. He pitches with a heavy sink to his fastball and uses a good slider. He is working on the curve and change. Connor is 6’3″ and 200 lbs and is projected to reach the big club in 2019.
He was 9-5 last year in the minors with a 3.90 ERA in 125 innings pitched. He allowed 126 hits and walked 52 while fanning 78.
#19- Alvaro Seijas
He was an international signing that received a huge bonus. He is small in stature at 5’8″ and 175 lbs. but throws the fastball up to 95 mph. He has a solid curve and is 19 years old with a 2021 projection date to hit the majors.
He was 4-3 this past season with a 4.97 ERA in 12 games. He pitched 63 innings and allowed 79 hits. He struck out 63 and walked 20 batters.
#18- Oscar Mercado
He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft and some will say he is a bit behind at this point in his career. He made up tons of ground when he changed from shortstop to the outfield and is now a good-looking prospect at the Arizona Fall League. He is a good baserunner and has great speed in the outfield. Look for him to be on the major league roster at some time this next season.
He hit .287 last year in 115 games and stole 38 bases.
#17- Dylan Carlson
He was drafted in the 1st round of the 2016 draft. He is 19 years old and struggled a bit with the bat this past season. He is a switch hitter with decent power. He played in 115 games with 7 home runs and 42 RBI’s along with 6 stolen bases. He is projected to hit the major leagues in 2020.
#16- Jake Woodford
He was selected in the CBA part of the draft in 2015. At 6’4″ 210 lbs., This right-handed pitcher has an average fastball and is a work in progress on several other pitches. He is projected for 2019. Last year he was 7-6 with a 3.10 ERA. He walked 39 and fanned 72 batters in 21 games started.
The GM Meetings are being held this week in Orlando, Fl.
December 11-15 the Winter Meetings will be held at the Swan and Dolphin Resort on the Disney Property in Kissimmee, Fl. I WILL BE ATTENDING THOSE MEETINGS and I am excited to go.
Lots of things being written about the off-season. One of those is the Cardinals constant attempt to acquire Giancarlo Stanton. I would love to have him but I am not sure he will come to St. Louis. He has said he would prefer to be on either coast with the West Coast his preferred preference. He has a 100% no-trade clause in his contract.
Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com wrote earlier this week that the Cardinals have already offered “one of their best young pitchers” to Miami in prospective trade talks. Of the teams connected to Stanton so far — others being the Giants, Phillies, and Red Sox — St. Louis undoubtedly has the best cost-controlled pitching talent, but there is a question as to whether the 28-year-old superstar would accept a move to a Midwest team. He’s said to prefer one of the coasts and his mega-contract contains a full no-trade clause.
In the Arizona Fall League, Sandy Alcantara, 22, racked up four strikeouts, hit one batter and, for the first time this fall, did not issue a walk. He faced one over the minimum, ultimately throwing 34 of his 56 pitches for strikes in the outing.
Congratulations to Matt Carpenter on the birth of his son Kannon Lee Carpenter.
Congratulations to Adam Wainwright on winning a Silver Slugger Award.