#41 – Zach Dotson
Acquired: 13th rd (2009 – Effingham County HS)
Born: 10/30/90 (Savannah, GA)
2010 Rank: 28
Why Ranked Here: The Mets spent half a million dollars to sign Dotson at the deadline in 2009. They spent the money because they liked the life on his fastball at 88-92 mph, that he could flash a “pretty good” breaking ball and had some feel for a changeup. The potential suggested by that is mitigated by the fact that Dotson has barely pitched competitively in a year and a half.
2010: Dotson made his professional debut on June 25 for the GCL Mets. He made only three more appearances over the next three weeks before he was suspended on August 6 by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned substance. MLB suspended Dotson for testing positives for “Methylhexeamine” a chemical compound known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine which appears in the common supplement Jack3d.
In his 16.1 innings in the GCL, he gave up 12 hits, six runs, walked nine and fanned 18. That’s fine, but rather un-illuminating.
Dr. Pangloss Says: I still believe Dotson has the ingredients to be an MLB starter.
Debbie Downer Says: Um, he’s pitched 16.1 innings in the last year and a half since graduating from high school. He might never see AA at this rate.
Projected 2011 Start: Suspended. The Mets can put Dotson on a full-season roster to serve out the duration of his suspension, and he should be ready to go in June for the beginning of the Kingsport Mets (or GCL Mets) season.
MLB Arrival: 2015/2016
Dotson photo courtesy Effinghamnow.com.