Prospects On the Verge: Jake Odorizzi

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May 27, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“Billy was a guy you could dream on,” Boogie, an old Oakland scout reflected on a young Billy Beane in Michael Lewis‘s Moneyball. There in lies the tantalizing nature of prospects: you can imagine them to be anything. In a 19 year old throwing gas on some slipshod Single-A mound, you can see an ace racking up strikeouts in Fenway Park and a skinny dominican cracking balls deep into the gaps of rookie league stadiums is clearly just a few years away from turning the spacious Petco Park into a bandbox.

But eventually time rears its ceaseless hands and dreams must either be realized or melt into a grim or mundane reality. Prospects have to eventually perform at the show; so we here at Grading On The Curve are running down the list of prospects who could make a major impact this year. One from each team, starting with the Tampa Bay Rays and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi.

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