Carter Capps, RHP, Clinton Lumberkings (A, 21.8 years old on average in 2011)
6-5, 220 lbs, 21 years old
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Acquired: 2011 Amateur Draft (3rd round)
ETA: Late 2012
Though Capps was taken in the third round last year, he has a good chance to be the first 2011 draftee to make their Mariners debut. Capps has an electric fastball and a slider that is an adequate secondary offering. The real dilemma with Capps is whether or not the Mariners view him as a starter or reliever. He’ll need a third pitch (and probably need to improve his slider) if he’s made into a starter. He’d also, likely, need some additional time to develop those pitches in the minors. If he’s a reliever he figures to make a rapid ascent to the big leagues. Capps may be the team’s future closer, and he struck out more than a batter an inning last year. He’s known to have good command, and combined with his electric fastball his resume certainly fits the closer role. There is certainly some concern about the level of competition he dominated, as he played his college ball at D-II Mt. Olive, but a mid-90s fastball translates at all levels.
Potential (of 40): 25
Probability of Success (of 30):21
Positional value (of 20): 10
Character (of 10): 10
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