3 SP Dillon Tate Tampa
Tate, like so many above him on this list, has already received some notice. And if you’re reading this article, there’s a chance you read this one. If not, just take a moment.
So now you know that Dillon was drafted fourth overall and was described as having the best arm in his draft. He was derailed by injury and mechanical adjustments but now looks back on track. And that is a pretty fast track.
Dillon last pitched on the eighth of July. He currently has a 2.06 ERA allowing 20 hits in 23.2 innings. And he has a WHIP of 1.01 to go with his 24 strikeouts. But his last two starts show a young player still trying to be consistent.
On July second, he pitched seven shutout innings of six-hit, no walk ball, and recorded eleven strikeouts. He followed that by only getting one out in the sixth inning after allowing four runs with only 3 SO’s.
Tate has true future ace stuff and will move up soon. He is too far down in the system for this year, but he will be in Spring Training next year. With CC, Tanaka, and Pineda question marks for next year, Dillon might get an opportunity sooner rather than later.
Brian Cashman made a lot of good trades last year. There is a chance that Tate will prove to be the biggest steal of them all.