Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012) ascended to Double-A Jackson in Seattle’s system this year, amidst being named one of the top prospects in the system, according to Baseball Prospectus (#5), Fangraphs (#8), John Sickels (#9), and major league baseball (#12).
He’s done little to hurt his stock, that’s for sure. In fact, last week, he was named not only to Baseball America’s “Hot Sheet,” but also the pitcher of the week in the Southern League by milb.com.
Baseball America named him #14 on their hot sheet last Friday, with the following writeup:
Team: Double-A Jackson (Southern)
Why He’s Here: 2-0, 0.00, 2 GS, 13 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 11 SO, 1 BB
The Scoop: A fourth-round pick in 2014, Yarbrough was signed by area scout Devitt Moore as a low-cost senior sign that helped give the Mariners enough money to sign Gareth Morgan to a well-above-slot deal. Three seasons later Morgan is in his third season in the Arizona League while the senior sign has proven to be one of the Mariners’ best pitching prospects. Yarbrough doesn’t have the stuff to dominate, but he can locate and gets good angle on his pitches. It adds up to a potential back-of-the-rotation option for Seattle in the not-to-distant (sic) future.
Nice job, Ryan!