Julio Teheran is the guy most scouts and fans think about it when they think of the Braves farm system, but there are a plethora of other strong pitching prospects there as well. Arodys Vizcaino is ranked as the second or third best pitchers that the Braves have in the minors and could end up being the best of the bunch.
Despite a rather simple pitching motion, Vizcaino gets the most out of his abilities and arm. He possesses a plus fastball that can hit 96 on the gun, and a good curveball. His greatest asset to this point in his career has been his great control. In 85.1 innings last season, Vizcaino walked just 12 batters.
Vizcaino missed two months last year due to a tear in his elbow, but he has been great so far in 2011. After posting a 2.74 ERA last year, he currently is sitting at a 3.04 ERA in 2011. He has struck out 37 batters and walked 10 in 40.1 innings. The 3.7 strikeouts per walk is another good sign for Vizcaino's future.
The ERA took a pretty big jump after Vizcaino gave up five runs in his last start, but it is still better than the majority of pitchers in the minors. Vizcaino held a 2.45 ERA while he pitched for Advanced A affiliate Lynchburg before moving up to AA affiliate Mississippi.
If Vizcaino reaches his potential as a starting pitcher, he should be one of the league's better number two pitchers that could possibly be the team's ace. Some experts don't know if he can stay healthy as a starter though, which would put him in the bullpen. With his devastating fastball-curve combo, Vizcaino would have the potential to be one of the better late-inning guys in the league.
The Braves and fans should hope to keep him in the rotation though to maximize what he can do, but the fact that you can put him in the bullpen and feel good about it is also a plus to the value that he brings to the team.
At just 20, Vizcaino has plenty of time to reach his potential