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Top Prospect Alert - Chris George

By Robert Sherry

Chris George: The best pitching prospect in the Royals system, this 21-year-old, 6-foot-2, 190 pound left-hander is already drawing comparisons to Braves ace Tom Glavine with his potential.

A supplemental first round pick in the 1998 draft, George spent 2000 splitting time between Double-A Wichita (8-5, 3.14 ERA, 97 IP, 92 H, 51 BB, 80 SO in 18 GS) and Triple-A Omaha (3-2, 4.84 ERA, 45 IP, 47 H, 20 BB, 27 SO in 8 GS). His season finished as being part of the gold metal Olympic team.

Like Glavine, George doesn't really over power batters. He possesses a very good changeup combined with a fastball that is consistently in the low-90s and can reach a few notches higher. Needs to continue to work on developing the rest of his pitches, a curve and slider, at Triple-A in 2001. the walk totals were high, but those seem to come when he attempts to do too much rather than just letting his stuff take care of things.

Unless he really is impressive in spring training, look for George to open 2001 at Triple-A where he can iron out the few rough edges in his game. If things go well as I would anticipate, he could be pitching in Kansas City shortly after the all-star break.


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