Monday, January 17, 2005

William Juarez Report

William Juarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2000, Nicaragua
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'2", 180 lbs

Juarez was one of the prospects LA got for Sean Green and his albatross of a contract. If he makes it to the Major Leagues, he'll be the 9th player born in Nicaragua to make it to the big leagues.

Juarez has velocity, and has excellent numbers, but late this season was the first time he wasn't older than his competition. Predictably, when promoted from the Low-A Midwest League, where he posted a 1.55 ERA, 47 K's, and 7 walks in 46 innings, to the Texas League. El Paso is one of the most extreme hitters parks in baseball, which didn't help matters. In 13 starts, he had a 5.00 ERA, 68 K's, and 22 walks in 76 innings. He isn't as good as his numbers with South Bend, but he isn't as bad as his numbers with El Paso.

As pitching prospects go, Juarez is in the middle of the pack. He has potential, and he has good results, but he also needs to get moving. One thing that will certainly help his numbers is moving from El Paso to the relatively friendly confines of Jacksonville. If I had to guess, I'd say that his best shot of making the majors is coming out of the bullpen, where his meager secondary pitches won't kill him as much as he can come in and blow smoke for an inning or two.

ETA: 2006
3 Stars

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