Raudel Lazo, RP – Miami Marlins
Lazo is the Marlins 28th ranked prospect as a relief pitcher who has done very well for himself in the minor leagues. Last year in Triple-A New Orleans the Cuban defector pitched 24 games with a 1.78 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. He is said to have a fastball in the mid-90s with a decent changeup and slider.
During the 2015 season, Lazo made just five appearances out of the Marlins bullpen. He struck out five batters, while giving up five hits, two runs, a home run, and two walks.
Prior to the start of the 2016 season, Lazo was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder sprain. He has already undergone two Tommy John surgeries, and may need to rebuild his mechanics.
While the whole body of work may not be apparent, the Phillies could use a strong lefty in their bullpen this year. At 27-years-old, Lazo is growing out of the prospect stage of his professional career, and needs to show something at the next level.
However, between the injuries and inconsistencies, Lazo is a low-end optino to be selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft next month.