In parenting they say that it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about. Well the same could be said for fantasy baseball as every season there are players who seemingly come out of nowhere to have successful fantasy seasons. Not many of you have probably heard the name Zach Britton yet, but there is a real good chance that by October you will. Here is everything you need to know about another top notch Orioles starting pitcher prospect.
Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 – Hits: Left Throws: Left
2010 Stats (AA & AAA): 10-7, 153.1 Innings, 2.70 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 124 K’s
Scouting Report -- A real well rounded control type pitcher, Britton has been true to form in each stop through the Baltimore minor league system. Although Britton doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, he offers three above average pitches including a fastball that settles in at 89-92 MPH with a high around 95 MPH. His slider can be a swing and miss pitch but he has a tendency to over throw it which leaves it up in the zone and prone to being hit hard. Britton’s best pitch is his power sinker which was rated by Baseball America as the best sinker in the minor leagues in 2010. He uses it frequently as it sets up his fastball well and also induces many ground ball double plays. The groundouts and especially double plays help Britton get out of jams when his fastball and slider are being hit hard. The kid has a real good makeup and does all his coaches ask of him. He will get himself into trouble when he is trying to light up the radar gun and this causes him to leave pitches up in the zone. Britton continues to develop and a real nice pace and should become a stable major league pitcher in the not too distant future.
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2011 Analysis – It’s going to take a real good spring training effort in order for Britton to break camp with the big league club. He is most likely going to be to AAA Norfolk for some more seasoning but will likely be one of the first pitchers called up when the Orioles have a need. They might decide to use him out of the bullpen first which would pretty much kill any fantasy value he would have after being called up. Britton will never be a front end starting pitcher but he has the tools and the makeup to post quality starts most times out. His win-loss record and ERA are always extremely low because he knows how to pitch out of jams and keep his team in games which is big for a young pitcher on the rise. Zach Britton is a name to remember for later on in the season when many starters are on the disabled list and you are in need of a steady producer on the mound.
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