Lots of interesting prospect action over the weekend, but we’ll start the week with a push toward finishing up our top prospect series.
Height/Weight: 6’1”/180 lbs
Acquired: NDFA signed 7/15/06
Born: 12/23/89 (Valencia, VZ)
2009 Rank: 38
Why Ranked Here: Aldama moves up 17 spots from ’09 to ’10 not just because he got some hitters out in the Appalachian League, but
because he did it in a manner which impressed scouts who saw him throw. He can run his fastball, which sits around 91 up to 93. He complements his heater with what one scout described as a “hard true curve ball” which he spins tightly with impressive bite. The
pitch has above average velocity at 77-79 mph but he frequently overthrows it, which leads him to bury the offering in the
dirt. There’s lots of room for growth with Aldama, who was just a teenager in 2009.
After a pretty lousy July (21.1 IP, 30 H, 20 R, 14 BB, 17 K, 7.12 ERA), Aldama
was much, much better in August (30.1 IP, 8 R, 5 BB, 30 K, 2.37 ERA)
Dr. Pangloss Says: A plus fastball means
Aldama could, in theory be an asset in the rotation or bullpen.
Debbie Downer Says: He’s a young pitcher years away from the big leagues. A lot more could go
wrong than right, and he might never make it.
Projected 2010 Start: Savannah starting rotation
MLB Arrival: 2014