Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Davis, Hellickson, and Brignac In The IL Top 10

BaseballAmerica has the International League top 20 today, and three Rays are on it: Wade Davis at #5, Jeremy Hellickson at #6, and Reid Brignac #10. In the free write-up, Josh Leventhal explains that Desmond Jennings finished 7 plate appearances short of qualifying; otherwise, he would've been in the running for the #3 spot. Here's a little tidbit from the three who did make it:

#5 RHP Wade Davis
The hulking power pitcher throws with an easy delivery and a steep downhill plane. He works off a heavy 93-94 mph fastball that sinks and fades in on lefthanders. Hitters can't sit on his heater, or else he'll put them away with a plus 77-81 mph breaking ball with three-quarters break.

#6 RHP Jeremy Hellickson
Improvements to his fastball command and his changeup were at the heart of his step forward. He now delivers his 90-93 mph fastball to both sides of the plate with plus sink, and his deceptive changeup with late fade has become his strikeout pitch.

#10 Reid Brignac
Once considered primarily an offensive shortstop, Brignac steadily has improved in the field and managers rated him the league's best defender at his position. He has good range and solid arm strength, and he can make both routine and highlight plays.

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