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MLB Pitching Prospects of 2013
The baseball season is soon approaching as teams are beginning to report to spring training. That means that fantasy baseball will be in full swing, with many league pots ready to be won. Sites such as wageronsports.com always see an influx in traffic around this time of the year, as managers look to get the scoop on the latest odds during the baseball season. Whether you are interested in new baseball wagering strategies or simply looking forward to opening day, this list of can't miss pitching prospects is for you.
1. Dylan Bundy
Ranked as the #2 overall prospect over at sports.yahoo.com, the 20-year old right-hander possesses 4 plus pitches including a mid 90's two-seamer and a high 90's four-seamer. He still has to work on his breaking ball and slider, but both are major league ready. His 6'1" presence is intimidating to batters and he should pile up high strikeout numbers on the Orioles this season.
2. Gerrit Cole
This large right-hander rose up through the Pittsburgh Pirates system and has re-worked his mechanics to suit his power pitching style. His two best pitches are his off-speed offerings, with an elite change-up and a terrific breaking ball. His slider sits in the high 80's and he has good control over his pitches. He will start the year in the minors but should be called up by mid-season.
3. Zack Wheeler
The New York Mets have a potential ace in Wheeler, who has a quick delivery and an odd throwing angle that combine to deceive hitters. At only 22 years old, he has a fastball that sits in the mid 90's with good tail, and a great curveball to keep hitters off balance. He needs to work on his change and slider this year, but should be a part of the Mets rotation for years to come.
4. Jameson Taillon
The Pirates sure love their power arms - Jameson stands at 6'6" and has a strong arm that results in a mid-to-high 90's fastball. He will need to work on his change and overall mechanics, but he may be called up by the end of the season. His stuff does not move as much as Cole's but he can be just as effective.
Keep an eye on these youngsters and don't be afraid to take a chance on them in the later rounds of your draft.