Part one of this Rule 5 draft preview profiled pitchers who could be ready to step in and contribute in the majors next season. Those pitchers all had one elite skill whether that be spin rate or high velocity. This post is going to feature pitchers who maybe aren’t quite ready to be contributors in the Majors but have enough upside that is it worth taking a chance on and finagling their innings.
Stats from Fangraphs unless otherwise noted.
The Long-relievers/Depth Starters
Lake Bachar – RHP San Diego (Age 24)
Bachar had a strong season at AA. He struck out 126 batters in 126.2 innings. He gets a fair amount of swings and misses, his 13.2% swinging strike rate ranked 13th among AA pitchers who threw at least 100 innings. He played football in college so he doesn’t have much mileage on his arm, and is still has room to develop as a baseball player. He is a fastball slider pitcher who sits 92-93. He had difficulties with control. He walked 10.8% of batters and 4.12 per nine. He also allowed too many home runs as his 14.2% HR/FB rate would indicate. He may be better suited to the bullpen where his stuff would play up. …
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation