|About the Book|
Cleveland Indians right-hander Danny Salazar burst onto the scene last year, quickly blowing through the top two levels of the minor leagues and then spent the final two months as a key cog in the Tribe’s playoff push. And, yet, he wasn’t reallyMoreCleveland Indians right-hander Danny Salazar burst onto the scene last year, quickly blowing through the top two levels of the minor leagues and then spent the final two months as a key cog in the Tribe’s playoff push. And, yet, he wasn’t really talked about a whole lot heading into 2013.I was, however, quite enamored by the Dominican-born hurler. December 1, 2012, I wrote that Salazar could develop into a “fringe #2 or a dominant backend reliever.”I continued, “The 2013 season will go a long way in determining whether his frame – 6-0” and 190 pounds – can handle the rigors of starting. [He] does, however, have the potential to move up the prospect charts as anyone in the system.”Salazar barely topped 100 innings between 2010 and 2012, thanks to Tommy John surgery, so I was concerned about how he’d perform after such a drastic layoff. Well, he certainly looks the part of a potential front-end starting pitcher now.I also successfully predicted Boston’s Garin Cecchini as a top prospect prior to his huge 2013 season (.322/.443/.471), ranking him as the club’s fourth best prospect and #53 in all baseball. Ditto can be said for Shelby Miller, who suffered from a tremendous amount of bad luck in Class AAA in 2012, big lefty Tony Cingrani, whom I ranked ahead of speedster Billy Hamilton, and Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson among many others.It’s an evaluation process I’ve dubbed Scouting by the Numbers.I’m not a professional scout, and I certainly don’t pretend to be one on the internet either. I don’t write about a player touching the upper 90s and flashing a hellacious curveball. I do what I know best – numbers.I’ve been published several times by ESPN as well as The Baseball Research Journal. I encourage you to give my book a chance. See for yourself the next big players in 2014 and beyond. For additional analysis please check out my site, ProspectDigest.com.Thanks!