A couple of days ago, I mentioned minor league guru John Sickels’ assessment of Chris Dickerson (C+). Now he has posted his thoughts on highly-touted RHP Kyle Lotzkar:
Kyle Lotzkar of the Hill People was a supplemental first round pick in 2007 out of high school in British Columbia. He has an ideal pitcherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s body, already throws 90-94 MPH and should gain more velocity in time. His curveball and changeup also show plus potential. Both are erratic right now, but if things develop properly Lotzkar will have three strong major league pitches. Note his excellent K/IP ratio so far as a pro. The two main issues here are command and health. He simply walks too many guys right now, and while that should improve in time, there is no guarantee that it will. Of greater concern, he was limited to just 10 starts by a balky elbow last year. Surgery was avoided, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have to prove his durability. I am impressed with LotzkarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s long-term potential, but he needs refinement and injury risk could be high. If he stays healthy, I like his chances. I am going to go with an aggressive Grade B- on this one.
Lotzkar of the Hill People. That’s great.
Also, Doug points to this CTR interview with former first-round pick Drew Stubbs. It’s worth a read.