Cove Chatter 100 Honorable Mention: The Righties

Luis Pino | RHP, 18 yo, 6-0, 275 | IFA 2011 MX | (AZL) 14 G, 6 GS, 29.2 IP, 3.94 ERA, 30 H, 18 BB, 26 K

Pino is a young, slender righty who the Giants signed out of Mexico a couple years ago. There’s almost no information about him out there at this point, but he’s held his own in the rookie leagues as a very young player. His K/BB rates lead me to believe he may have above average stuff, but doesn’t always know where it’s going.

Chris Johnson | RHP, 22 yo, 6-4, 205 | 2012 Draft – 17 | (A-) 15 GS, 83 IP, 2.49 ERA, 65 H, 8 BB, 78 K

2012 pick from the U. of Portland got his second shot at Salem-Keizer this summer, and posted pretty dominant numbers, including a 0.88 WHIP and a staggering 78k/8bb. He looks like he short-arms the ball a bit, but he should take his low-90’s fastball and four pitch mix to Augusta next year.

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Jose Casilla | RHP, 24 yo, 6-1, 210 | IFA 2006 DR | (A+) 43 G, 67 IP, 3.22 ERA, 74 H, 13 BB, 48 K

Santiago’s brother missed 2012 with TJ surgery, but showed solid command in San Jose this season. He had a breakout season as Augusta’s closer in 2011 with a mid-90’s fastball prior to his injury, so his 2014 placement could be worth following if he can dial the heat up again.

Cameron McVey | RHP, 25 yo, 6-5, 205 | 2011 Draft – 22 | (A-) 22 G, 42.1 IP, 3.19 ERA, 34 H, 14 BB, 48 K

McVey was a standout closer for NAIA Biola U. in Southern California before the Giants picked him in the 2011 draft. He’s one of the older guys on this list, and doesn’t have much pro experience, but he’s a big-bodied reliever with a low-90’s fastball that’s performed pretty well in limited work as a professional reliever.

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Jacob Dunnington | RHP, 23 yo, 6-2, 160 | UFA 2009 | (AAA, A+, A) 14 G, 20 IP, 3.60 ERA, 17 H, 10 BB, 29 K

His name sounds familiar (don’t confuse him for Jake Dunning), but his profile is a bit of a mystery. Undrafted out of high school, he signed for $2,500 at 19 as a 150-lb twig and burst onto the scene in 2011 as one of Augusta’s top relievers. He’s got a live arm and a 95 mph heater that can rack up strikeouts in bunches. His 2013 season was a curious one, as injuries cost him most of the year. He’s still young though, and could be a nice breakout candidate in 2014 if he’s healthy.

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Eury Sanchez | RHP, 20 yo, 5-10, 170 | IFA 2011 DR | (AZL) 14 G, 7 SV, 16 IP, 1.12 ERA, 12 H, 4 BB, 26 K

Sanchez is smaller for a pitcher, but the 12.3 K/9 he’s posted in his first two seasons suggest he’s got some nice velocity in that right arm. He made his debut a year later than most DSL prospects, but he’s posted dominant numbers as a closer over two summers in rookie ball. He doesn’t have many professional innings to his name at this point, so the organization should increase his workload next season and see how he responds.

Raymundo Montero | RHP, 24 yo, 6-2, 185 | IFA 2007 DR | (A-) 25 G, 14 SV, 29.2 IP, 1.82 ERA, 20 H, 7 BB, 43 K

He’s been in the organization for six years, so it’s time for him to get moving a bit if he wants to make it. His 2013 season as the closer in Salem-Keizer was pretty impressive, earning him NWL All-Star honors. Maybe we’ll finally get to see what he can do in full-season ball next year.

Jorge Bucardo | RHP, 24 yo, 6-4, 190 | UFA 2007 NIC | (A+, A) 32 G, 6 SV, 53.1 IP, 2.36 ERA, 39 H, 14 BB, 49 K

Nicaraguan righty was once a promising starting pitcher prospect in the organization. Shoulder injuries kept him out all of 2011, most of 2012, and again for a good chunk of 2013. When he was healthy, he spent most of this season in Augusta’s bullpen. Don’t know if he’ll ever be a starter again, but maybe the Giants will give him a shot in San Jose next year… if he can stay on the field.

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Chris Heston | RHP, 25 yo, 6-4, 185 | 2009 Draft – 12 | (AAA) 19 GS, 108.2 IP, 5.80 ERA, 129 H, 46 BB, 97 K

Finesse righty had a pretty impressive minor league career prior to this season. He was supposed to be one of the first pitchers the Giants called upon for help in 2013, but his season in Fresno was a mess from the start. He was taken off the 40-man roster and actually cleared waivers, so I’d say his stock makes Gary Brown look like gold at this point. He’s still a talented pitcher though, but he needs a bounce back effort big time next year. It’s a long way from AAA to the Show.

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