Parker on KLAW 100

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Just one player on the Keith Law 100 over at ESPN, and not surprisingly it’s ace righty Jarrod Parker.

It should be noted, however, that Law expects an influx of D-backs on next year’s KLAW 100. In the organizational rankings released on Wednesday, he wrote:  “I could see them landing five or six more spots next year after they had the best draft of any club in 2009. The system was all but barren before that draft, however, and it’s going to take some time for that new talent to percolate on to the master ranking.”

Here’s what Law wrote about Parker. (Here’s the full entry, Parker is No. 37):

Parker was his usual 92-97 mph and even touched 99 in his last outing, and he had made more progress with his changeup after deliberately working on it more in games, to the point where on his best days he could show four above-average or plus pitches….

…Once rebuilt — and there is the technology — he should resume his march to the top of a big league rotation after another full year or two in the minors.

Good to hear another writer (we mentioned Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein last week) who is confident that Parker can return to his potential All-Star form when he’s recovered from Tommy John.

In Law’s Top 10 by Organization (here’s the link), he does have a few differences from Goldstein:

Arizona Diamondbacks
1. Jarrod Parker, RHP
2. A.J. Pollock, CF
3. Matt Davidson, 3B
4. Bobby Borchering, 3B/1B
5. Mike Belfiore, LHP
6. Brandon Allen, 1B
7. Chris Owings, SS
8. Marc Krauss, LF
9. Ryan Wheeler, 1B
10. Enrique Burgos, RHP

— Law mentioned Burgos last year as a guy to look out for and a potential Top 100 guy, saying: “(Burgos’) pitches sit at 91-92, touching 95, with easy velocity, and has good depth on his breaking ball. He’s 6-foot-5 with a good frame and has a lot of room to fill out.”

Burgos did not have a great season at Missoula last year, but his combination of size and stuff definitely makes him somebody to keep an eye on.

— Law wasn’t quite as high on Brandon Allen as Goldstein is, but it’s worth noting that he is quite a bit higher on 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock, who D-backs Scouting Director Tom Allison raved to us about last year. Definitely keep your eye on Pollock; he’ll be a fast riser through the minors.

— Law has Davidson just a tick ahead of Borchering, while Goldstein had Borchering significantly higher than Davidson. This debate actually goes back to the draft, when baseball people seemed split between the two (which explains why they were drafted so close together: Borchering, 16… Davidson, 35). In short, Davidson was generally seen as the better power guy (some saying he had the best power in the draft), while Borchering has the big advantage of being a switch hitter.


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