Former Fort Wayne Wizard, Yordany Ramirez is no longer an outfielder. The strong-armed former prospect has spent nearly 9 years in Minor League Baseball without so much as a cup of coffee. He was recently removed from the Houston’s 40-man roster and now will attempt to convert to a middle reliever, beginning at Single-A Lexington of the Sally League. On the season, he was hitting .223 with a .259 on-base percentage in 74 games at Triple-A Round Rock.
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Jarrod Parker has been named the top prospect in the Arizona Diamondback’s organization by Baseball America. It’s hardly a surprise. He’s been highly touted since being selected number nine overall in the 2007 Amateur Draft. During his first professional season last year, he faired very well in the Midwest League, including dominating his hometown Fort Wayne Wizards for several shutout innings in the last game in Memorial Stadium history.
BA also selected Parker for the “Best Fastball” and “Best Slider” categories as well as slotting as the number two starter in the projected 2012 rotation behind current ace, Brandon Webb.
While many predict he’s at least another year away from arriving in the Majors, BA speculates that might be a bit pessimistic:
It wouldn’t be shocking to see 2007 first-rounder Jarrod Parker . . . in the big leagues at some point this year.
And while we are on the topic of Baseball America prospect rankings, a couple former Wizards have shown up in with their current organizations:
In case you are wondering Baseball America will unveil their ratings for the Padres organization on February 2nd.