Martin Agosta | RHP, 22 yo, 6-1, 180 | 2012 Draft – 2 | (Low A) 18 GS, 91.2 IP, 2.09 ERA, 5.6 H/9, 4.2 BB/9, 10.7 K/9
If this offseason has done anything for me, it’s allowed me to step back a bit and look at the entire body of work Agosta put together in his first full season as a pro. When he was healthy, he was easily the most dominant pitcher in the Augusta rotation. Heck, he only allowed 21 ER in over half a season’s work. But injuries and arm fatigue really derailed his second half, and I think that left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths (myself included). By August, reports on his velocity were not good, and he only managed to pitch 12 innings before he was shut down for good.
So, should Agosta be given the reliever label this early because his second half was injury-filled and inconsistent? Personally, I don’t think so. When he’s right, he’s got a very good fastball/slider combination (see the David Lee quote below). If the Giants can help him develop a cutter and even an average changeup, I don’t see why he can’t keep moving up the system as a starter. This is a kid that struck out over a batter an inning, and logged .180 BAA for the year. Righties hit only .164 off him! Maybe his stuff was a little advanced for the Sally, but those are still very impressive numbers.
Although I don’t know exactly what to make of the former second round pick, I still think the results he produced in Augusta last year are enough for me to keep him near the top 10 in the system. For now, he’s a shade below Kendry Flores and a tick above Joan Gregorio in my book, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of those guys (hopefully a couple of them) let loose in San Jose this summer. When he was right, Agosta was stellar last year. We can hope that he’ll be right much more often this year.
They said it: “It was an up and down year…Agosta showed many times why he’s a second-round pick. He threw a plus-potential fastball in the low-90s that ramped up to 95 on occasion…slider is a plus offering…I wouldn’t be the first to slap a reliever tag on Agosta if I were inclined to do so.” ~ David Lee, Augusta Chronicle