The Arizona Diamondbacks have a wealth of top pitching prospects in their Minor League system thanks to a great front office and scouting department. Baseball people talk about Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley, and Aaron Blair but a lot of people forget about Zeke Spruill who according to Johnathan Mayo of MLB.com is the Snakes’ number 4 prospect. Of all the other top pitching prospects he is the only one that has Major League experience going into the 2014 season and could be in the D’backs’ rotation by next year.
Bio: The 6-foot-5 190 pound right-hander was born in Chesapeake, VA and drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was traded to the D’backs as part of the Justin Upton deal that also sent 3B Martin Prado to Arizona. Because of injuries to the starting rotation, Spurill made two starts for the D’backs and went 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA. Despite those numbers he has the stuff and the talent to be a big time pitcher in the Majors and he showed that when he cane out of the bullpen last year. In my opinion he was one of the most underrated players picked up any deal during the 2013 offseason.
Scouting Report (courtesy of Baseball Prospectus Nation): Spruill continued to gain consistency in 2012 and he looks like a solid number four starter at the big league level. His sinking fastball that generates plenty of ground balls will sit at 92-93 mph and touch 95. He trusts his heater and attacks hitters with it early in at-bats. His breaking ball shows as an above-average pitch and his change-up is certainly useable.