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AFL position wrap: Pitchers

Updated: November 17, 2009, 3:54 PM ET
By Jason Grey
Final note on outfielders from yesterday: I probably should have at least mentioned the Detroit Tigers' Casper Wells. He's generated some buzz at the Arizona Fall League the past couple of years, but many scouts don't have him pegged as a regular in the big leagues, but rather a platoon/backup guy at best or the proverbial "Quad-A" hitter. He's a good mistake hitter, but his swing is long, he tries to cheat on fastballs and good right-handed pitchers can beat him inside. There are questions how well his swing is going to play above Double-A despite his raw talent and power potential.

Now to end our position wrapups with the pitchers ...

Key names among starting pitchers:

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals: Perhaps you've heard of him. I've written about him extensively throughout the course of this blog, so let me just summarize with some bullet points:

•  Hit 100 mph legitimately more than a few times; paired it with a 70 breaking ball and 60 change on the 20-80 scouting scale.
•  Things to keep working on: Fastball command, and pitching with runners on.
•  Even if he spends the first two months of the season pitching in the minors, he still has a chance to be a top-50 starting pitcher thanks to his strikeout ability. (Tommy Hanson made the top 30 this year despite not pitching in the big leagues until June, and we're not asking Strasburg to be that good.)
•  Best pitching prospect in the game.

Jenrry Mejia, New York Mets: He hit 96 mph here, and flashed both a plus change with split-like action and a plus curveball. Mejia is more of a thrower than a pitcher right now, and he's still very inconsistent. However, he's just 20, so he has time to mature. The stuff is there to be a top starter as he learns to command all of his offerings.

Aaron Crow, Kansas City Royals: Crow hit 94 mph for me with a solid mid-80s slider, and also showed a better change than I expected, with sink and fade. That will be a key pitch for him against left-handed batters. Considering how much he's pitched in the past two years after being a very high pick in the draft two years in a row, he looked fine and should move quickly. His wrist wrap/curl in the back during his delivery is bothersome, though.

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