Anthony Swarzak - Has a great 93-95 mph fastball and a pretty good curve. Drafted out of high school, he really showed a lot of poise in his first 3 seasons professionally. Each year he has posted great K/BB ratios, though he hit a rough patch in his first look at High A. Of the above four he projects to be the third best IMO. Probably will be a No. 3 or 4 starter.
Glen Perkins - Unlike Swarzak, Perkins relies more on control. Has a decent fastball, usually around 88-91. Also has a decent curve and a very good change. Struggled when he reached AA, just like Swarzak, but next year, although posting a great K/BB ratio, was not able to baffle hitters as he did in the previous 2 seasons. Hitters really seemed to figure out his change. Going into the end of the season though, he was really able to shine, thus the reason he earned a promotion to the majors. He is the worst of the above 4 guys IMO and probably projects as a 4 or 5 guy.
Kevin Slowey - Personally I really like the upside of this guy. Another big time control guy he also has a fastball that hovers around the 88-92 range. His frame though, could allow him to significantly improve the velocity of this pitch. Unlike Perkins, Slowey does not rely so heavily on his change and has great out pitch in his slider. Will probably start at AA in '07 and could reach the majors by the end of the year if he has continued success. Probably second best right behind Garza and projects as a 2 or 3 guy IMO.
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I'll take Garza followed by Slowey, Swarzak, and Perkins. Perkins just seems to go through periods where he really struggles, and then periods when he can dominate. I am not a fan of the inconsistency, but if he can find consistency, I'll move him up the list. We'll probably get a long look at Garza and possibly Perkins in the rotation this year. Slowey is a mid to late season call-up candidate, Swarzak has an outside shot as well.
dicehound wrote:what do you guys think of Scott Baker? Sickels is still pretty high on him, and he did pretty good spening time in AAA last year. Does he have a rotation spot in Minnesota this year?
He's in the running, but he has soured on the coaching staff. He has had good stints in the minors along with a solid major league debut in 2005, but this past year he really struggled and had many questioning whether he had what it takes mentally. If he puts it all together, he should settle into the 4th or 5th rotation spot, but he will have a short leash.