Up next in the MWaH/LAAI Top 30 Angels Prospect Countdown a dark horse for the big league rotation, the Angels top pitching prospect, Garrett Richards.
Position: Starting Pitcher Level: Double-A and Majors
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'3" Weight: 215 lbs.
Age: 23 Born: May 27, 1988
2011 Season Stats (AA): 12-2, 143.0 IP, 3.15 ERA, 123 H, 10 HR, 40 BB, 103 K, 3.68 FIP, .270 BABIP, 1.36 GO/AO
2011 Season Stats (Majors): 0-2, 14.0 IP, 5.79 ERA, 16 H, 4 HR, 7 BB, 9 K, 6.95 FIP, .286 BABIP
Fastball – A. Routinely sits above 95 mph with movement, rarely misses off the plate.
Breaking Ball – A+. Throws both a 12/6 curve and slider for strikes as strikeout pitch.
Change up – B. Rarely uses it, but the pitch shows a lot of promise.
Performance – A. Was close to being a Future’s Game participant, is AA all-star.
Projection – A. Looks like he will be an ace someday, unparalleled stuff.
Comp – Floor: A.J. Burnett. Ceiling: Josh Beckett.
Estimated MLB Arrival Date: 2012 (at least permanently)
(*As always, the above scouting report is provided by Scotty Allen of LA Angels Insider)