Thursday, July 07, 2016
(7/07/2016 06:43:00 PM) - Al
Aaron Wilkerson is 27, a RH SP, and has had success his entire career in the minors. He got a late start, starting in independent ball at 24 and has been with the Red Sox since age 25. Very good overall numbers, and as is Stearns' MO with pitchers, has good numbers in 3 areas...K/BB ratio, K/9, and HR/9. He has had equal success versus RH and LH bats this season, so it's likely he has a good mix of pitches and not just a one trick pony. While I would say a 2.14 ERA between AA and AAA is certainly good pitching, remember, he is old for those levels, and the mere fact he is still in the minors at 27 (that's 5 years older than Davies, for example) indicates he probably has a low ceiling and probably does not throw that hard.
Of course, that's probably very similar to what I said about Junior Guerra when he was signed. There are exceptions to every rule. He was not ranked in the top 30 by MLB.com, though they may have excluded him due to his age.
Wendall Rijo is 20 and an offensive minded RH hitting 2B, and after doing nicely in A+ ball, was recently promoted to AA, where he is one of the youngest players in the league, and has predictable struggled. Last year, he hit .324/.381 as the youngest everyday player in the Carolina League at 19...Orlando Arcia hit .346/.392 in the pitching friendly Florida State League at age 19 for comparison sakes, so he performed admirably, though the CL is far more offensive than the FSL. He was signed for $575K after having a torn ACL as a teen, and his speed has not come back, as of yet at least. He was ranked 17th in the BOS organization, which is loaded.
Neither is on the 40 man right now, and won't have to be added until at least after this season...unless the Crew wants them in the majors, which is a possibility with Wilkerson. Thus, by default, they will have all three options remaining if they eventually are added.
7/07/2016 06:43:00 PM