Posted by: portersprospectreport | August 31, 2008

PPR Mailbag: How good is Michael Main?

Can he become Texas' Main man?

Can he become Texas' Main man?

 

Yes!  I received my first email asking a question requesting analysis of a prospect.  Today we look at young Texas Rangers fireballing prospect Michael Main.

Background: Main was one of the Rangers’ 1st round selections (24th overall) in the 2007 draft.  Last season Main pitched at two levels  (Rangers Arizona League and short-season Spokane) going 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 34 K’s in 28 IP.  This season Main began again in the Arizona League before advancing to full season Low-A Clinton in early July.  At Clinton, Main has gone 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 48 K’s in 44.1 IP  He has also held hitters to a .227 BA in his 9 starts with the Lumber Kings.

Strengths: Main has a very good fastball, pitching regularly between 93-97 MPH and his curveball is raw but promising off-speed pitch at 74-77 MPH.  He is a very good athlete and has a projectible frame that could comfortably add some bulk.  Main has a good feel for pitching and his decrease in walks allowed shows that he is improving the command of his fastball.

Weaknesses: Main is a flyball pitcher right now and he struggles at times keeping his fastball down in the zone.  Main could get touched up by more advanced hitters, especially if he struggles to develop his a third pitch.  He is working on a changeup, but it is in the developmental stages.

Market Analysis: Main has autographed 1st year cards in 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft, Bowman Sterling and Donruss Elite Extra (#’ed/743) sets. The cards range from $7-10 each on Ebay right now which seems to be a good value for a player with Main’s upside.  Of course, with any young pitcher, you have to temper your expectations and know that most do not fulfill the promise that they display early in their careers.  I would like to see Main put on about 20-25 lbs to build strength and stamina, but I like his overall blend of athleticism and stuff.   

Texas has an exciting assortment of young pitchers in the lower levels of their system with the likes of Main, Blake Beavan, Kasey Kiker, Neftali Feliz, and Omar Poveda.  Look out for this club in the next couple of seasons!

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