Prospect Spotlight: Brett Cecil

Brett Cecil - Toronto Blue Jays

6 foot 2 inch left-handed pitcher with a filthy slider.  That description could be used on Francisco Liriano, but the same can also be said for Toronto Blue Jays Brett Cecil.  Cecil is a converted closer taken 38th overall in the 2007 Draft out of Maryland.  Since Cecil comes from a closer background, the Blue Jays are stretching out his arm in the Minors before throwing him into the fire.  Being on a strict pitch count has resulted in less than five innings per start for Cecil.  You have to applaud Toronto for taking it slow with Cecil, hopefully they keep his innings under 150 this year for the sake of Cecil’s arm.  Let’s take a look at Liriano vs. Cecil…

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It would be a tall task for Cecil to live up to pre-elbow recontruction Liriano, but I think a post-surgery Liriano is a great comparison for Cecil.  As you can see from the table, Liriano struck out more hitters in the minors, but also allowed more free passes, gave up home runs more often and gave up more hits in general.  Although his stuff is not likely to be true ace material, I think we will be looking at a great #2 starter for any ballclub by 2011.

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