Minor league relievers are a dime a dozen. They often come out of nowhere (Dennis Dove, anyone?) and disappear into the annuls of MiLB just as quickly. This past year Pete Parise was a name many were touting and that was profiled here as well. After a 2010 injury, Parise has a more difficult road to trod with statistical doppleganger Chuckie Fick having a productive season and players like Eduardo Sanchez not slowing down at all. Another example of how tenuous a player’s grasp on the “next guy up” can be in relief.
What follows is a quick guide to minor league relievers whose name you’ll likely hear bandied about during Spring Training.
|Player||2010 Level||Repertoire||Projects As||ETA||Comments|
|Adam Reifer||AA/AAA||Fastball/Slider||Setup||2012||Too hittable at times; mid-90s velocity|
|Blake King||AA||Fastball/Slider||Middle Relief||2013||Significant command issues; lots of movement on pitches|
|Chuckie Fick||AAA||Sinker/Slider||Fringy Relief||2012||High GB rates; Brad Thompson clone|
|Eduardo Sanchez||AA/AAA||Fastball/Slider||Setup/Closer||2011||Slight frame; upper-90s velocity; some sink to fastball|
|Fernando Salas||AAA/MLB||Fastball/Curveball/Changeup||Middle Relief||2011||Not overpowering; good control/command|
|Franscico Samuel||AA/AAA||Fastball/Slider||Middle Relief/Setup||2012||Electric stuff; upper-90s velocity; inconsistent mechanics|
|Ramon Delgado||A+/AA/AFL||Fastball/Slider/Changeup||Fringy Relief||2013||Erratic when fatigued; Not ideal for long relief|
Obviously Eduardo Sanchez is unlikely to walk on as a setup man or closer so that projection includes growth at the majors as well. ETA is a tricky guess at best, especially with Tony LaRussa’s bullpens.