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Florida Complex League EOS Review – 18 year old pitchers

46 pitchers threw in the FCL this season in their age 18 (42) or age 17 (4) seasons. The Cards had 6 of the 42, second most in the league to Baltimore's 7. Baltimore, Detroit, and Pittsburgh fielded two clubs in the league, which had 18 teams.

The average age for pitchers was 20.8 which is basically 20 and about 10 months. That is the weighted age from Baseball Reference. I'm not sure how they calculate it, but I'm guessing it might be the average age on 7/1. It is weighted 3x GS + G + SV. Here is a table of season-ages for the league. Rehabbing players make up a lot of the older players.

AGE

COUNT

PERCENTAGE

17

4

.7%

18

42

7.8%

19

74

12.1%

20

97

15.8%

21

124

20.2%

22

96

15.6%

23

75

12.2%

24+

102

16.6%

17-38

614

100%

FCL Cardinals youngest pitchers

Name

DOB

IP

K% (Lg avg25.7%)

BB% (Lg avg 12.0%)

xFIP

Yordy Richard

8/27/2002

46.1

23.4

4.4

4.41

Jose Davila

11/9/2002

45.1

25

12.2

4.80

Juan Peralta

8/9/2002

8.1

31.3

6.3

3.73

Tink Hence

8/6/2002

8.0

34.1

7.3

3.84

Ettore Giulianelli

3/30/2003

14.2

32.4

16.2

4.77

Alec Willis

3/30/2003

1

33

0

2.15

These are the youngest Cardinal pitchers in the states. Three signed from Latin America. Juan Peralta was born in Hidalgo, TX according to MiLB. The Cards signed him as an international free agent in 2019. TCN lists his hometown as Saltillo, MX. The Cards signed Yordy Richard in 2019 out of the Dominican Republic. Jose Davila signed for the Cards from Venezuela in 2019 for $475,000.

Ettore Giulianelli signed from Italy in 2019. The Cards drafted Tink Hence in 2020, and they drafted Alec Willis in 2021. Hence signed for $1.1M as the 63rd pick. The Cards signed Willis for $1M after picking him in the 7th round.

Hence, Giulianelli, and Willis debuted in the complex. Peralta started in the DSL but made a FCL cameo mid-season. Richard and Davila pitched in the complex but also appeared in A ball with Palm Beach.

Scouts rate Hence and Willis highly. FG has Hence as the Cards #12 prospect and 40+. They have Wilis as #15 and 40. BP ranked Hence 10th in the system. Baseball America had Hence 11, Willis 22, and Davila 24. FG labeled Yordy Richard a young, arm-strength flyer.

The lack of ratings for Giulianelli and Peralta doesn't mean they won't be good. They didn't have big signing bonuses. They also haven't really had time to impress. EG played in Italy. Peralta has been in the Dominican League. They've held their own at 18 in the complex, and that is good.

It will be interesting to see where these players go next year, in their age-19 seasons. Davila and Richard hopefully move up to Palm Beach. It would be awesome for Hence and Willis to move up, but the organization may take caution with them. Hence is slight, and Willis, who is not slight, had ulnar decompression surgery in high school. The new MiLB arrangements make it easier for young players to split time between the complex and A ball, so that might be an option next year. I'd guess Giulianelli and Peralta return to the complex next year. Hopefully they will be on a similar schedule to Hence and Willis.

As the youngest pitchers stateside, these guys are far away from the majors. They form a strong base for the club's pitching depth.