16. Arquimedes Caminero, RHP
Signed: Out of the Dominican Republic in 2006.
Age: 26 Height: 6'4'' Weight: 255 lbs.
Arquimedes Caminero has got to be the most intriguing pitching prospect in all of baseball. I've never seen or heard of any pitcher with a story quite like his. Considering his numerous arm surgeries, ups and downs in the Minors, hitting triple digits, walking hitters as much as anyone in the Southern League for a stretch, Arquimedes Caminero has had a roller coaster of a career so far. Even though he is 26, which seems ancient in today's prospect age, Caminero likely has less mileage on his arm than say, Colby Suggs, even though he has four professional seasons on him.
Anyways, Caminero has a huge frame, excellent velocity, but subpar command and control. He'll always lack the control to be a closer, but Caminero will be able to be potentially effective in whatever role the Marlins put him in. Caminero got some action in the Majors last season, posting a 4.12 FIP in 13 innings for the Marlins. He'll start the 2014 season with the Marlins and hopefully he'll continue to be a pitcher that opposing teams hate to see trotting out of the 'pen in the Majors.
15. Colby Suggs, RHP
Drafted: 2nd Round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of Arkansas.
Age: 22 Height: 5'11'' Weight: 230 lbs.
Colby Suggs was debatably the top college closer prospect in the 2013 Draft. At Arkansas, Suggs was able to become dominant and he definitely benefitted from all of the attention that Ryne Stanek was bringing to the program. Suggs throws a lot of strikes and it will be a great test to see if experienced hitter take advantage of that as they get more familiar with Suggs. With a fastball that is slightly above-average and sits at around 94 MPH, Suggs won't blow anyone away, but his curveball is a very potent breaking ball to keep hitters on their toes.
Although Suggs is experienced and pitched in 11 games for Jupiter in 2013, if I were the Marlins, I'd make a pact to keep Suggs in the Minors for the entire 2014 season. I believe that keeping Suggs in the Minors for at least one more season would give him the opportunity to improve his offspeed offering and fine tune his control. Overall, Suggs has a bright future in the Marlins bullpen, but it's in both parties' best interests if the Marlins don't rush Suggs to the Majors in the upcoming season.