Chris Withrow, the TBLA #8 prospect - Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
Who will be the TBLA's community's #9 prospect heading into 2013? The loser of the two way vote will be #10
27 votes into the #8 prospect race there was a 3-way tie between Oneklis Garica, Chris Withrow, and Garrett Gould, but a late push for Withrow put him over the top to win the crown. Chris is the only one of the three on the Dodgers 40 man roster, and even if he never makes it as a big league starter it seems likely that he'll at least make it to the show as a hard throwing reliever.
Given how close the last vote was, I'm going to limit the #9 vote between Gould and Garcia, with the loser automatically becoming the #10 prospect. Once we get to #11 we'll bring in a whole new set of prospects for the next few rounds of voting, so let me know in the comments here who should be in the next group. Vote for the #9 prospect here.
Here are the candidates for the TBLA #9/#10 prospect:
Onelkis Garica - LHP (23.25 years old) - The Dodgers 2012 3rd round pick has had an interesting path to professional baseball, but in his limited time so far with the Dodgers he's shown why he initially was asking for big money. He only has 4 professional appearances to his credit so far, including one in the Southern League playoffs and two in the AFL, but so far he's only allowed 1 run and has racked up quite a few K's. Thanks to an interview with Chad Moriyama last week, we learned that Garcia possesses a "four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, sinker, a curve, which he uses a lot, and his change-up is developing. He says he doesn’t use it a lot but it’s coming along." In his pre-draft report from Baseball America, however, they suggested that his low 90's fastball and hard curveball are his only quality pitches, and that a lack of a true 3rd pitch might force him to the bullpen.
Garrett Gould - RHP (21.25 years old) - Gould found out how tough the California League is on pitchers after a rough 2012 season saw him end the year with a 5.75 ERA. Even still he led the Quakes with 123 K's in what was a bit of an odd season as he started the year with 40 K's in 22.1 April innings, then punched out just 13 batters in 28.2 frames in May before evening out over the next few months. Recent scouting reports say his velocity was down a bit in 2012, which was an issue that also plagued him back in 2010. However his curveball continues to be top notch and his changeup is improving.
Please use this post as the discussion thread, and cast your actual vote in this prospect voting post. For those of you who don't remember from last year, having the voting in a separate post makes it easier for me to count up the results.