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March 26, 2010 BY ALEX EISENBERG No Comments Yet

Brewers Prospects, No’s 6 – 15

    6. Jake Odorizzi | RHP | Age – 20 | Grade – B-
    7. Zach Braddock | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B-
    8. Kyle Heckathorn | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B-
    9. Kentrail Davis | OF | Age – 21 | Grade – B-
    10. Angel Salome | C | Age – 23 | Grade – B-
    11. Mark Rogers | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – B-/C+
    12. Caleb Gindl | OF | Age – 21 | Grade – B-/C+
    13. Lorenzo Cain | OF | Age – 24 | Grade – C+/B-
    14. Logan Schafer | CF | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
    15. Jose Pena | OF | Age – 17 | Grade – C

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Grades are based on a prospect’s projected value over the course of his career and how likely it is that prospect will fulfill his projected value. Various factors are accounted for including upside, red flags, actual performance, and closeness to the majors. See the 2010 Prospect Primer for more information as it relates to prospect grading and philosophy.

Hitters must have 100 or fewer Major League ABs to qualify for this list. Starting pitchers must have 50 or fewer Major League innings to qualify for this list. Relief pitchers must have 25 or fewer Major League innings to qualify for this list. Ages are listed as of May 1st, 2010. Levels are based on the highest level in which a prospect played in 2009. All grades are subject to change based on any new information I receive before the season starts.

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6. Jake Odorizzi | RHP | Age – 20
Helena (Rookie) | Drafted – Round 1 (32), 2008

Player Grades
Fastball – 50 Now | 55 Future
Slider – 40 | 45
Curveball – 45 | 55
Change-Up – 50 | 55
Control – 50 | 60
Command – 45 | 55
Pitchability – 45 | 55
ETA – 2013
Final Grade – B-

Click here for an extensive look at Jake Odorizzi.

One thing I’ll add is that he’s reportedly had an excellent spring, so perhaps he’s on the verge of a breakout season.

Best Case Outcome – No. 3/2 starter

More Likely Outcome – No. 4 starter






7. Zach Braddock | LHP | Age – 22
Double-A Huntsville | Drafted – Round 18, 2005

Player Grades
Fastball – 60 Now | 60/65 Future
Slider – 60 | 60
Control – 55 | 60
Command – 55 | 60
Pitchability – 50 | 55
ETA – 2010
Final Grade – B-

Body Type – Physical build with a big frame…little projection left

Stuff

Fastball – Sits between 92 – 95, touching 96 with plus life

Slider – A tight spinning and late breaking pitch that is especially tough on left handers

Scouting Report

Zach Braddock is a really interesting story. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and takes medication for the condition. It hasn’t had any impact one way or another it seems on his production as a pitcher.

He’s also had a history of arm injuries. He had Tommy John surgery in high school and has been on-and-off the DL with injuries to both his shoulder and elbow ever since being drafted. The Brewers tried Braddock as a starter, but he never really could hold up.

The Brewers moved Braddock to the bullpen and he flourished in the role. He’s always had an ability to miss bats, but his control took a major step forward in 2009. He went from walking 14.2% of the batters he faced to walking just over 4% in 2009 across two levels. His K% jumped from 27.1% to 43.5% in A+ Brevard County and once promoted to Double-A Huntsville, he still put up a very healthy K% of 32.4.

If he stays healthy, Braddock could find himself on the big league roster by the middle of next year.

Best Case Outcome – Dominant left handed set up man out of the bullpen

More Likely Outcome – Very good middle reliever

Brief Rundown on Prospects 8 – 15

8. Kyle Heckathorn | RHP | Grade – B- – Draft pick from 2009 has tremendous arm strength and throws strikes, but strikeouts don’t match the stuff

9. Kentrail Davis | OF | Grade – B- – Squatty outfielder has above average power and shows a willingness to work the count, but he has to improve his pitch recognition and make more contact

10. Angel Salome | C | Grade – B- – Injuries hurt him last year…might be better off in the American League

11. Mark Rogers | RHP | Grade – B-/C+ – Making a comeback from multiple surgeries, could be a power arm in Milwaukee’s bullpen

12. Caleb Gindl | OF | Grade – B-/C+ – A tweener with good plate discipline and an ability to make hard contact

13. Lorenzo Cain | OF | Grade – C+/B- – Struggled in his comeback from knee surgery…he’s getting old for a prospect, so he needs to produce

14. Logan Schafer | CF | Grade – C+ – High contact lefty had a nice season, but needs to show more patience at the plate to be considered a true lead-off hitter

15. Jose Pena | OF | Grade – C – Signed in 2009, Pena offers a ton of projection, though he’s still extremely raw at this point

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15. Jose Pena | OF | B – R | Age – 17
Did Not Play Last Year | Signed – Dominican Republic, 2009

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