Onto the lefties.
Starting with the highest of prospects, and dipping down into Low A, Daniel Norris. Drafted in the 2nd round in 2011, Norris was given a nice bonus to skip out on his College experience and jump into pro ball. Through 58 IP of rookie league, short season low A, and A ball Norris has really struggled with a WHIP of 1.858. His K rate isn't bad at 8.6 K/9, but he has really struggled with his command. He still has the shine of a high prospect, but he will have to start performing on the mound if he wants to advance.
Next up is Griffin Murphy, a 2nd round draft pick from 2010. He started as a starter in his debut season to mixed results, so the higher ups decided that he would be better served out of the bullpen. He responded with an impressive campaign in rookie league and short season low A. Now in A ball in Lansing, Murphy is off to a start that you can only describe as meh. As a reliever, Murphy could move quickly, but he will need to impress, much in the same way as Aaron Loup.
The final guy I’m looking at is in a similar boat to Chad Beck and Joel Carreno, in that he has a taste of the MLB under his belt and is back in AA fighting for another look. Since he hasn’t thrown very many innings this season, it is impossible to gauge what kind of impact he may have, but Crawford has potential to be a decent LOOGY if he can pull an Aaron Loup and put together a great stretch that involves a lot of strikeouts.
My position player breakdown will be coming up, as we all prepare for the Louisville Bats to come to town.