(GAME DATE — April 1, 2022) The Bull League’s Top Prospects List as ranked by the OSA has been released, and the news is great for California’s Mei-shan Siu, who retains the #1 spot once again.
The 24-year-old righty from Huainan, China, spent just 35.1 innings on the Tidals major roster last season, after being drafted in 2019 and working his way up from A-level Flagstaff Racers.
His 2021 performance left much to be desired, but OSA scouts are still hot on the young arm, who projects as a future top rotation arm with a promisingly wicked 97 mph cutter, described by some as “off the charts”. But despite his lackluster stats last year, just 1-0 with a 6.81 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 21 relief appearances, his spring session this past month was a lot more promising, with 2 saves, a miniscule 1.04 ERA and 7 K’s in 8.2 innings pitched over 4 appearances.
Siu signed with California after being drafted in the 3rd round. He spent 3 years with Seoul in the Pacific Rim College League, where he was twice named PRCL Pitcher of the Year and won a championship in his junior year.
Minneapolis Ravens right-hander Dan “Pookie” Kimbrough falls from the #2 spot at the end of 2021 to the #5 spot for the start of 2022. But the 22-year-old from Newberry, Michigan, who has mastered a paralyzing changeup, was a bright spot at Short Season A last year for the Albuquerque Desert Dogs, going 8-4 with a 3.47 ERA. The Auburn Tigers alum tore up NCAA, with 428 career K’s in 3 seasons, putting him #2 on the NCAA All-Time leaderboard behind #18 Bull League prospect Josh Moore (Montreal Metros).
Jeremy Wright, a southpaw for the Chicago Pit Bulls, maintains his #7 spot on the rankings. He contributed in 4 games last year as the Pit Bulls marched to a second consecutive championship, though he was not on the playoff roster. Originally drafted by the Calgary Inferno in 2018, Wright was picked up in a 4-player trade that saw Chicago send Masato Watanabe, arguably one of their best arms at the time, to the ML team for a trio of minor leaguers including Wright. Wright may need more time in the oven to fully bake into readiness, but could explode as one of the league’s top lefties when the time comes.
The top position player prospect is #2 ranked CF Daniel “Fingers” Uvalle, a Venezuelan international amateur free agent signed to the Montreal Metros for a huge bonus of $8 million in 2020, and found himself promoted out of their international complex and onto the 2021 Florida Rookie League roster for the Vero Beach Metros. After a disappointing -0.6 WAR stretch of 83 games, and a 5-game suspension for his involvement in an on-field fracas, he got the bump up to Short Season A anyway and immediately improved to a .293 average, and 4 home runs, after 43 games.
Uvalle had a moderately successful Winter League session with Lagos, batting .287, and then was brought back to the Vero Beach roster for the early rookie season. After 6 games he hit the IL with shoulder issues, but was on a good trajectory, batting .387 and walking twice in 23 plate appearances. He may miss the rest of the FRL season but could easily find himself on the Short Season roster or higher this year as he makes inroads towards an eventual dominant future outfielder career.
A player closer to being at the major level would be Miami Storm minor league shortstop Alex “Ramblin” Ramos, who hails at #3 on the OSA prospect rankings. Ramos is a switch-hitting 22-year-old with great defensive tools, and high contact and power potential, which he displayed over three years at LSU, batting .429 and racking up 74 homers, 218 RBIs, and 22 steals on his way to a 2020 NCAA Player of the Year win, which he repeated the following year and was named playoff MVP as the Tigers took the big prize in 2021.
A round 1 draft pick last season, Ramos signed for a song, just $1.8 million, and hit .347 in 41 games at Short Season last summer. The native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is currently assigned to the Miami AAA roster, with the Cow League’s Miami Marauders, and is looking forward to an explosive season.
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