The Royals just made a rather interesting signing, inking a former Dodgers prospect to a major league contract. The weird part is that Barlow has never thrown an inning in the big leagues and you could even still consider him a low-end prospect.
Barlow was drafted by the Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of a California high school. The righty slowly progressed throughout the minor league ranks, settling in with the Dodgers AA team, the Tulsa Drillers, this season. It was there that he dominated Texas League competition, putting up a 2.10 ERA and 3.27 FIP this season, striking out 124 batters in 107.1 innings. He didn’t fare as well after his promotion to AAA, allowing 26 ER in 32.1 IP.
Here’s a scouting report from Dodgers Digest earlier this year.
His low-90s fastball is generally straight. It can get up to the mid-90s, and might sit there if he has to move to the bullpen. He also has a power curveball in the mid-to-high-70s. He’ll throw it in any count and is his best pitch. His slider took a step back in 2016 and his changeup didn’t step forward. He was roughed up by lefties in the Texas League (.841 OPS), but he was respectable against righties (.664 OPS).
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