Our latest former Valley Leaguer who has made a team prospect list is Chad Kuhl, who pitched for New Market back in 2012.
Kuhl has been named the 21st best prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system by mlb.com.
This is what his writeup looks like:
The 6-foot-3 right-hander certainly got off to a good start, spending all of his first full season of pro ball in 2014 in the Class A Advanced Florida State League and topping the organization in wins and placing sixth in ERA. Kuhl’s bread and butter is his heavy sinking fastball, which he’ll throw in the 90-95 mph range and get a lot of groundballs. While his secondary stuff is behind his fastball, the Pirates saw improvement in his slider, which can get slurvy at times, and his changeup. He’s smart and very athletic on the mound, allowing him to repeat his delivery and throw strikes.
Kuhl’s ceiling might be somewhat limited because of a lack of an out pitch and the fact he doesn’t miss a ton of bats, but he’ll get to test if he has the goods to be a back-end starter with a move to the higher levels of the system.
I don’t think anyone who saw him pitch in 2012 is surprised by Chad’s success thus far in the minors. In fact, this site named Chad the best full season A-ball pitcher in 2014.
Initially here in 2015, Chad has been assigned back to Bradenton, where he spent all of 2014. Don’t be surprised, though, to see him in Double-A at some point in 2015!