John Sickels has a nice interview posted that he did with Mark Newman (the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for Yanks). Here’s a snip on sleepers to watch for…
SICKELS: Can you give us a few additional sleeper prospects to watch for 2010?
NEWMAN: One guy we really love is Jose A. Ramirez, who was in the Gulf Coast League last year. He can get his fastball up to 95-96, and he has an outstanding changeup to go with it. When we traded Arodys Vizcaino, we had it in the back of our mind that Jose could turn into a very similar prospect.
Another pitcher to watch is Adam Warren, out of North Carolina in the fourth round last year. In college we scouted him at 90-92, but in pro ball he was at 92-94, and after a long college season that was a pleasant surprise to see consistent arm strength. He has four pitches, a very solid delivery, and knows how to pitch.
We also like David Phelps, who we drafted out of Notre Dame (14th round, 2008). Like Bleich and Warren, he throws harder now than he did in college, 92-95 last year. He’s improved his curveball and change, and if the secondary stuff keeps developing he will really emerge this year. He has a clean simple delivery, another thing we like.
For hitters I’d watch David Adams out of Virginia (third round, 2008). He’s a polished hitter and we really like his glove, he’s right there with Cano defensively.
And, yes, I’m kidding with the “Big Three” comment. After all, there could never been another pitching prospect troika like Hughes, Chamberlain and Kennedy…right?
Yeah, I’m kidding again…there too.