Farm Futures: Pitcher Predictions
Farm Futures: Pitcher Predictions

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

Last season marked the third year of preseason prospect predictions here at RotoWire, and as with most prediction pieces, there were many that looked quite prophetic, and some that I would like to permanently remove from the internet.

Let's take a look at some notable hits and misses from last year's piece.

The Good

Alex Reyes, whose NFBC ADP is 264, records less than four saves and starts less than four games.

Verdict: You'll be right more than you're wrong if you bet against injured pitchers. As we know, Reyes logged just four innings last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

Chris Paddack only logs around 70 innings, but he climbs from High-A to Double-A, posting absurd strikeout rates north of 30 percent with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP below 1.10. He enters 2019 as a top-100 prospect.

Verdict: This was almost perfect. He logged 80 innings (I was off by 10), posted absurd statistics and finished at Double-A. I should have been even more bullish on where he would rank on lists, but if you bought this prediction you had no problem getting Paddack for cheap last year.

Jesus Luzardo, who has yet to pitch in a full-season league, cruises through the minors, finishing the year at Double-A. He enters 2019 as a top-30 prospect.

Verdict: He actually reached Triple-A and entered 2019 as a top-20 prospect, but yeah, this was a hit.

Jordan Hicks joins the big-league bullpen in

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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