#9 Jeurys Familia

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’3”/190 lbs

Acquired: NDFA

Born: 10/10/89 (Santo Domingo, DR)

2009 Rank: 27

Why Ranked Here: Fastball and build.  At the end of the ’09 season, Familia was sitting  in the low 90s with his fastball, up a few ticks from ’08 and by spring training 2010, he was 92-94, touching 96.  That, my friends, is plus velocity.  Combine that plus velocity with some movement from his big frame, and you have the makings of a very nice pitching prospect.  Familia’s breaking ball is a power slurve in the lowers 80s that he must continue to refine and his changeup is his distant third pitch.  He started using a two-seamer in ’09 as well, although it too, was a below average offering.

2009: Familia’s 2.69 ERA was third in the SAL, and his 1.16 WHIP was fourth.  Moreover, his improvement over the course of the season i is reflected in his strikeout numbers: before the All-Star break he fanned 6.51 batters per nine innings, but that jumped all the way to 8.38 whiffs per nine in his final 10 starts of the year.

Dr. Pangloss Says: #3 starter or bullpen beast

Debbie Downer Says: Generic middle reliever unless he figures out a second or third pitch

Projected 2010 Start: St. Lucie Rotation

MLB Arrival: September 2011, or 2012

ERA G/GS IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB HR/9 GB% R/9
08 GCL 2.79 11/11 51.2 46 20 16 2 13 38 .232 1.15 2.29 6.68 2.92 .352 58.2 3.52
09 SAL 2.69 24/23 134 109 49 40 3 46 109 .221 1.16 3.09 7.32 2.37 .201 48.8 3.29

There are 3 comments

  1. Sportsfan77777

    Does Juerys have a legitimate “explanation” for the sudden increase in velocity on his fastball? Something like that seems somewhat questionable to last if there is nothing he did to make it happen.
    I saw last year you described his off speed pitch as a 78 mph slider and this year, it’s an upper 80s power slurve. Since those sound completely different, is Jeurys’s change in or addition of an offspeed pitch a positive?

  2. Michael Diaz

    For me, anytime there is an increase in velo, that’s a good thing. He is maturing and he is getting stronger. Familia was throwing last year, with nearly no lower half. Blessed with a lightning quick arm, by incorporating his legs in his delivery, would result in an increase in velo. I have not seen him in ST, so I am not saying that is why his velo increased, but that could be a reason.

    Another reason is he is just flat out getting stronger. Its a natural process to gain a few ticks on the fastball, as they get older. Hope this helps.

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