#38 – LHP Angel Cuan

#38 – LHP Angel Cuan

Bats/Throws: L/L

Height/Weight: 5’11”/150

Acquired: NDFA

Born: 5/29/89 (Panama City, Panama)

2009 Rank: NR

Why Ranked Here: As more than one scout who saw him this year said, this “slight” lefty “has a chance.”  At this point, on the list, that’s all one can ask.  Both of Cuan’s secondary offerings, a true curveball and a changeup have a chance to be MLB average.  His fastball, which lives at 84-89 mph is the weak link in his game.  Lefties can get by with middling heaters, but he’ll need to at least maintain 87-89 to give himself a real big league chance.

2009: The Mets started Cuan off in Brooklyn, where he was hit hard in two starts (15 H, 7 R, 8 IP) before he was sent down to Kingsport, because as we all know around here, losing in Brooklyn is simply unacceptable.  Even with the Cyclones, Cuan’s ratios (9 K, 2 BB) were fine.  With Kingsport, he was still hittable (76 H, 59.2 IP), but his K/BB was strong: a touch above three.

Dr. Pangloss Says: A lefty at the back end of a big league rotation

Debbie Downer Says: Cannon fodder at AA.

Projected 2010 Start: Savannah with a reasonably strong Spring Training

09 NYP 2/2 6.75 8 15 7 6 0 2 9 .429 2.3 10.1 0.0 4.5 51.7 7.9
09 APP 12/11 4.83 59.2 76 36 32 5 14 45 .313 2.1 6.8 0.8 3.2 45.8 5.5

There are 6 comments

  1. theperfectgame

    Ahhh, you’ve finally found a foil for Dr. Pangloss. Well done!

    I’m surprised that Cuan made the list, given that he seems to have a reasonably low ceiling and is also quite far from the big leagues, but I guess prospects 35 to 50 or so are fairly interchangeable.

  2. NateW

    Well they just don’t have more than 30 or so top 50 prospects, that much has become apparent.

    Cuan’s 2008 was notable, but he will have to figure out a way to get his fastball hit less, giving up way too many hits for his second year in rookie ball.

    It will be interesting to see how the Mets handle the ’10 Savannah staff. They have the entire ’09 Cyclones rotation to promote on merit, but the prospects from ’09 Kingsport should probably be the ones getting the innings.

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