Top 100 Prospects: No. 61-65

Francisco Jimenez

Ranking the Top 100 minor-leaguers has been a fun project for more than 15 years at Indians Ink. Our current issue available at newsstands or by ordering online from this site, takes a look at players headed towards helping the Indians in Cleveland in the future. We'll share them here in the coming weeks, five at a time. This quintet includes a group of pitching prospects with good futures.

Clayton Cook
July 23, 1990, in Amarillo, TX
Position: Starting pitcher
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 6-3/175
Acquired: Ninth-round pick in 2008 Draft, from Amarillo (TX) HS.
Strengths: Sound mechanics, very mature. Four-seam fastball sits in the low 90s. Added a two-seamer to get grounders and showed definite improvement in second half of 2010 at Lake County.
Weaknesses: Needs work on pitching out of the stretch. Has struggled when men get on base. Getting ahead in the count is a must. It then sets up his other pitches, allows him to work fastball up and in – or down and away.
2011 Projection: Could open at Kinston, or return to Lake County for a bit.

Oswell Munoz
Nov. 22, 1990, in San Felipe, VZ
Position: Starting pitcher
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 6-5/180
Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent, Aug. 15, 2007.
Strengths: Exceptional control, especially for such a tall pitcher. In three years and 150 1-3 innings in Dominican Summer League, he had – get this insane ratio –14 walks and 141 strikeouts. Great leverage on fastball and slider induces ground balls. Has 1.98 career ERA.
Weaknesses: Time to pitch in America. That means adjusting to a new lifestyle, avoiding being homesick, learning English and – facing much better hitters. That's a lot to ask of a 19-year-old, despite a glittering resume. 2011 Projections: Mahoning Valley rotation.

Matt Packer
Aug. 28, 1987, in Germantown, TN
Position: Pitcher
B/T: L/L
HT/WT: 6-0, 200
Acquired: 32nd-round pick in 2009 Draft from University of Virginia.
Strengths: Exceptional command of all his pitches low in the zone. In 144 professional innings, he's walked only 23. Ability to hit spots and change speeds has helped get 136 strikeouts, too.
Weaknesses: Not an imposing physical specimen and doesn't have one exceptional pitch. Must keep ball down because he can't overpower hitters up in the zone.
2011 Projection: Held his own in Akron's rotation after callup, will open season as an Aeros starter.

Alexander Perez
July 24, 1989 in Manoguayabo, DR
Position: Starting pitcher
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 6-2/156
Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent, May 10, 2007.
Strengths: Has a better than 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Outstanding breaking ball has been key to 228 strikeouts in 221 1-3 professional innings.
Weaknesses: Is extremely frail and rebounding from shoulder injury that limited him to 6 2-3 innings in 2010. This year will be devoted to rehab.
2011 Projection: Extended spring training, then perhaps to Kinston.

Francisco Jimenez
Oct. 2, 1988, in La Vega, DR
Position: Relief pitcher
B/T: L/L
HT/WT: 5/11/165
Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent, Aug. 1, 2007.
Strengths: Outstanding control. Has walked only 47 in 196 2-3 pro innings, a big reason for 20-2 career record. Ability to hit spots and change speeds helps. Converted starter went 16-1 past two seasons.
Weaknesses: Little lefties generally get hit harder as they rise through the minors (see Alex Herrera, 7-0, 1.32 ERA at lower levels in 2001, never near that again). Jimenez's ERA went from 2.28 in 2009 to 4.06 in 2010 against tougher competition. He must keep adjusting to stay ahead of hitters.
2011 Projection: Long relief, spot starter at Kinston. Recommended Stories

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