Saturday, January 19, 2013

Highlighting top prospects in 2013: Dan Langfield

by: Jon Davis
Staff Writer

#13 Dan Langfield RHP
@D_Langfield on Twitter

At No. 13, we find Dan Langfield, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound right handed pitcher. Langfield was drafted by the Reds in the third round of the 2012 draft, out of the University of Memphis. In his final year with the Tigers, he posted an ERA of 2.79 and a league-best 111 strikeouts in 93.2 innings of work. In 2012, while pitching for the Billings Mustangs, he had a 3-0 record, 2.68 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 54 strikeouts in just 37 innings.

Langfield has a live arm and a smooth delivery, with a good four-pitch mix. He has a fastball that sits in the mid 90's, that has good movement and can on occasion hit the upper 90's, when he needs it. Along with his heater, his slider is already a plus offering and could potentially be even better. He has a sharp breaking curve, that shows good potential and could become a plus offering. Both the curve and slider are thrown very hard. This power approach leads some to believe he is headed for a bullpen role down the line. He also has an improving change-up that gives him a good four-pitch repertoire. The only concern is control, as he walked 17 batters in 37 innings this past year. If he can improve his control, he could move quickly and be a middle of the rotation guy, but if not he may wind up being a power bullpen arm with a two-pitch combo.

I am pretty sure Dan Langfield will begin next year with the Dayton Dragons, after his very good showing in rookie ball last year. He will enter this season at 22 years old, but shows the polish and poise of a pitcher who is more mature. Taking that into account, I would not be surprised if his name comes up late next year. That being his earliest arrival, he could be in the mix in 2015 for sure. Whether he continues to make strides and remains a starter, or he becomes a power bullpen arm, the chances are very good the he makes an impact for the Reds pitching staff one day.

A look back on the previous prospect posts...
No. 1 - Billy Hamilton
No. 2 - Robert Stephenson 
No. 3 - Tony Cingrani 
No. 4 - Daniel Corcino 
No. 5 - Nick Travieso
No. 6 - Jesse Winker
No. 7 - Tanner Rahier
No. 8 - Kyle Lotzkar
No. 9 - Yorman Rodriguez
No. 10 - Ismael Guillon
No.  11 - Ryan LaMarre
No. 12 - Amir Garrett

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