Thursday, November 29, 2012

Trevor Reckling Signs With White Sox

Late last night, the White Sox signed minor league free-agent LHP Trevor Reckling.  Reckling was once LA's top pitching prospect and #3 overall in the system.  He also pitched in the 2009 Futures Game.  However, after a dismal start to 2012, the Angels let him go.  In 2012, in A+ ball, he gave up 14 earned runs in only 6.2 innings.

Below is an excellent report from Scott Allen of
T-Rex enters 2012 as a relatively forgotten prospect, which just goes to show exactly how quickly the minor league world will forget about you.  After a brilliant 2008 and 2009 campaign, Reckling was shelled in AAA in 2010 as a 21 year old.  He returned to AA in 2011 and was solid enough to earn his way back to AAA for 2012.  Now the trick is to show scouts he’s ready to make that jump back into the plans of a major league team.  He has the talent to do it too.  Despite such an unorthodox delivery, Reckling’s doesn’t require a great deal of effort.  He’s getting better at repeating it every year, which has led to better control.  Reckling’s fastball won’t impress anyone at 89 mph, but because of his delivery it really jumps on hitters.  As his body fills out and he finds the right workout routine, it’s possible Reckling could hit the low-90’swith his heater, which with his mechanics would actually make it a plus pitch.  His best two pitches however are his curve and changeup though, both of which grade out as above average pitches.

Many people believe that Reckling's struggles affected his head.  Hopefully, by changing organizations, Reckling can get a fresh start and rediscover his talent which made him a top prospect with the Angels.

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