7.) CARLOS CARRASCO—Phliadelphia Phillies RHP
Carrasco has carried the momentum that he had from AAA Lehigh Valley down to the hitter-friendly Venezuelan Winter League. Carrasco has been the top pitching prospect in the Phillies’ farm system for the past couple of seasons with very good pitches, a 91-94 MPH fastball with good movement, a slurve and a changeup that has been lauded as being the best in Philadelphia’s farm system. The World Champs have several options to fill the #5 spot in their rotation including southpaw Kyle Kendrick and mediocre veteran righties Adam Eaton and Chan Ho Park. Carrasco’s upside is surpassed only by postseason hero Cole Hamels. He has tossed nearly 200 innings this past year which could affect the amount of work that Philly decides to give him in spring training. He will likely go back to Lehigh Valley to start the season, but in the event of an injury or struggle from the #5 starter, Carrasco’s name will be the first one called as a replacement. He will get his shot at some point in 2009!