Who to watch for: Greensboro Grasshoppers


And now we’ve reached the end of this series.  The Greensboro Grasshoppers play in the South Atlantic League (Shortened as SALLY).  The league itself is a neutral league, but an argument can be made that they play in the highest home run park in all of minor league baseball; they finished with the highest 5 year HR park factor last season at 1.24.  Always take this into account when looking at raw statistics of our players there.

The Top Prospects

Kyle Skipworth: Skipworth had a horrible time last year and will repeat the level again this year.  Still just 20 years of age, it’s too early to give up on him, but he really needs to cut down on his strike out rates.

Chad James: The Marlins are being aggressive with their 2009 #1 pick and have him starting for Greensboro.  Armed with a low-90’s fast ball, an improving curve, and a change up that was considered one of the best in the 2009 draft, he’s the Marlins best SP prospect and BA ranked him as our 4th best overall.

Marcel Ozuna: Ozuna should have a huge year in Greensboro, given his high FB rates, but after a rough 6 games he was placed on the 7-day DL with an undisclosed injury.

Edgar Olmos: Michael already linked to a very good article on Olmos earlier.  Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft, he’s been hampered by injuries so far in his career but the potential is still there.

Quick Hits

-Kyle Jensen: An intriguing power outfield prospect has a major problem with strike outs.

Jose Miguel Torres: A strong defensive SS with horrible power, he’s looking like a possible back up MI in the future if he can keep his walk rates up and strike out rates down.  One of the top Venezuelan prospects at the time of his signing, he chose the Marlins because he wanted to play next to Jose Miguel Torres Cabrera.  Oops.