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Just now, Squirmin' for Yermin said:

There better be much more

I actually didn't realize Thorpe was regarded as a mid 100 guy. The players mentioned plus Head sounds about right for a return.

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Ht: 6'4" | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-R

Age: null

BA Grade: 55/High

Track Record: A college standout who starred in both the Cape Cod League and for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National team, Thorpe finished second in the nation with 149 strikeouts his junior year at Cal Poly and was drafted by the Yankees in the second round. He worked to gain velocity in their system and continued to rack up whiffs with a dominant pro debut in 2023. Thorpe went 14-2, 2.52 and led the minors with 182 strikeouts as he climbed to Double-A. The Padres acquired him as one of five players in the trade for Juan Soto after the season.

Scouting Report: Thorpe is a big, sturdy righthander who operates with a five-pitch mix. His average fastball sits 92 mph and tops out at 94, but it plays up with riding life and Thorpe’s outstanding command. He gained 2-4 mph of velocity in his first season under the Yankees instruction and could potentially add more. Thorpe’s best pitch is a plus-plus, 82-84 mph changeup that gets swings and misses en masse. It is a true out pitch batters swing through even when they know it’s coming. Thorpe’s mid-80s bullet slider is an average third offering he throws almost as frequently as his fastball. He also mixes in a high-80s cutter and low-80s sweeping curveball to steal strikes early in counts. Thorpe ties everything together with plus control. He is a strong, durable competitor who frequently completes seven to eight innings in a start.

The Future: Thorpe doesn’t light up a radar gun, but he’s an accomplished pitcher who knows how to get the most from his stuff. He projects to be a No. 3 or 4 starter and could be more if he continues to add velocity.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 40 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 60 | Cutter: 40 | Control: 60

 

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Iriarte a $75,000 sign out of Venezuela...

Jairo Iriarte, RHP

22-year-old Jairo Iriarte enters this season as MLB.com’s #8 prospect in the Padres farm system. The right-hander began the 2023 campaign with Fort Wayne before being transferred to San Antonio on July 14th. In 27 combined outings (21 starts), Iriarte went 3-4 with a 3.49 ERA. He struck out 128 batters across 90.1 innings of work last season.

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The Padres were limited to handing out $300,000 max bonuses for the 2018-19 international signing period, and yet signed Iriarte for only a quarter of that at $75,000 out of Venezuela. Over the last five years, he’s developed into one of the top arms in the entire system, first becoming a starter for Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2022 and then breaking out even more last season with a 3.49 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings between High-A Fort Wayne and Double-A San Antonio. San Diego moved Iriarte into relief when he first reached the Texas League to prepare for a potential MLB role but extended him back out to 70-plus-pitch outings in September.

On pure stuff, it isn’t hard to see why San Diego would have considered using Iriarte out of the MLB bullpen. His fastball sat mid-90s and touched 98 mph in Double-A, and the heater showed good ride and run with the 6-foot-2 right-hander looking like he was effortlessly hitting the high arm-side corner consistently. His sharp low-80s slider can dive to the opposite end of the zone, moving away from righties and backfooting lefties, while a low-90s changeup doesn’t necessarily have great separation but does have the fade needed to run away from opposite-side bats.

Iriarte doesn’t necessarily control those darting pitches well, however, especially the breaker and cambio/change-up, and Double-A hitters laid off the stuff outside the zone, leading to a career-high 13.5 percent walk rate at the higher level. The righty’s best route remains in a starting role, given the ceiling his swing-and-miss arsenal provides, but if walks keep piling up, he could flip back to relief where he can still get batters from both boxes out.

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2 minutes ago, SoCalChiSox said:

Need Snelling as the headliner.

Thorpe is not a headliner.

That's not steep at all 

Aly might still be right.

Balta may still be right as well, no?  Thorpe is #85 on MLB’s top 100.

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2 minutes ago, WhiteSox2023 said:

Balta may still be right as well, no?  Thorpe is #85 on MLB’s top 100.

Will be #58 on Baseball America's preseason top 100. He's definitely the headliner.

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2 minutes ago, chitownsportsfan said:

Real MVP is all that backend work the admins did that has the site functioning right now.

I totally expected this site to crash after I saw the initial Passan tweet. 

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