In my last post, I wrote about Five Under the Radar Hitting Prospects who’s 2016 performances demand attention. This time, I will do the same with five pitching prospects.
The parameters will remain the same: none of these players have appeared on a top 100 prospects list, a top 10 by position list, or a team’s individual top ten prospects list. For one reason or another, these pitchers have gone almost completely unnoticed, even by fans familiar with the minor leagues.
Once again, the list is in no particular order, and I will provide the player’s handedness, team, minor league level, age, organizational rank, select stats, and a player description.
RHP Jimmie Sherfy, ARZ, AA, Age 24, Organization Rank: 30
2-0, 27 G, 0 Starts, 31.0 IP, 17 Saves, 50 K, 10 BB, 0.29 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, .110 BAA
Sherfy may be a closer at the Double-A level, but with a minuscule 0.29 ERA, he deserves a mention. His fastball sits in the 96-97 mph range with good movement, and he pairs that with an above average slider to keep hitters off-balance. By improving his control with the aforementioned pitches, Sherfy has now accumulated 50 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 31 innings pitched. Facing more patient and advanced hitters in the triple-A and MLB levels may expose some of Sherfy’s control problems, but his strikeout numbers should remain high, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pitching out of Arizona’s bullpen by season’s end.