While there are numerous scouting reports available on minor league baseball players, very few scouting reports are customized to fantasy baseball standards. So with that in mind, here is a fantasy baseball scouting report on Toronto Blue Jays prospect Brett Cecil.
Player Profile – Brett Cecil:
Born: July 2, 1986
Draft: 2007 – Supplemental Round Toronto Blue Jays
Position: Starting Pitcher
Minor League Profile:
Brett Cecil, a supplemental round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2007 draft, has positioned himself as one of the Blue Jays top starting pitching prospects entering the 2009 season. A relief pitcher in college, Cecil has made a successful transition to the starting rotation during his minor league career. While Cecil’s minor league stats are not anything to get overly excited about, his progress as a starting pitcher has his stock rising, as he seems to be getting better and better with the more experience he receives. Through two minor league seasons during 2007 and 2008, Cecil has accumulated 185 strikeouts through just 168.1 innings pitched. This high strikeout ability from Brett Cecil has made him a better pitching prospect than originally anticipated. Entering the 2009 season, Brett Cecil is a lesser-known named prospect who is definitely on the rise.
Fantasy Baseball Outlook:
At just age 22 to begin the 2009 season, Brett Cecil will likely have a few years to go before he can firmly entrench himself as a reliable and solid major league starting pitcher. However with an early May call-up already in the books to start the 2009 season, Brett Cecil will have a golden opportunity to claim a spot in the Blue Jays starting rotation for the rest of the season.
Armed with an exceptional strikeout ability, Cecil has the potential to tally a strikeout ratio of around 9 strikeouts per 9 innings. During his prime, Brett Cecil has the ability to be a solid #2 starting pitcher in any major league rotation. In fantasy baseball leagues, Brett Cecil will likely never be an ace fantasy starter, but he could be a solid #2 and an excellent #3 option in a year or two. Cecil will likely go through some growing pains during the 2009 season and likely again in 2010, however he could be a fantasy gem by 2011.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy baseball keeper leagues, Brett Cecil is a quality starting pitching prospect to add in nearly all keeper league formats. In keeper leagues that retain an entire roster and have plenty of bench spots available, Brett Cecil is a quality prospect. Cecil is clearly not at the same level as star pitching prospects like Tommy Hanson, Neftali Feliz or Rick Porcello, but he can easily be ranked in the same tier as Derek Holland, Wade Davis, and Scott Elbert.
With an early-May call-up already in the books, and a successful major league debut under his belt, Brett Cecil could have a surprisingly successful rookie season in Toronto in 2009. For fantasy baseball teams in one year leagues, Cecil is a guy to keep on your watch list, as he has the potential to be an excellent stream starter with outstanding strikeout potential.
Overall, the fantasy baseball outlook for Brett Cecil in 2009 could resemble 8-10 wins, 125 innings pitched, 120 strikeouts, 4.10 ERA, and a 1.25 WHIP.
2009 Stat Projections:
On the low end: 70 innings pitched, 3 wins, 60 strikeouts, 4.50 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
On the high end: 125 innings pitched, 10 wins, 120 strikeouts, 3.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP