Top 30 Prospects: #19 George Kontos November 18, 2007Posted by Pablo Zevallos in George Kontos, Top 30 Prospects.
Drafted: 5th Round, 2006, out of Northwestern University
Position: Starting Pitcher
Stuff: Kontos has a power pitcher build, and has that velocity. He throws a 93-95 MPH 4-seam fastball, but mostly throws a 2-seamer. His change-up, now more refined, is 78-80 MPH. His slider, however, is his best pitch. It is devastating with a huge break that causes plenty of swings and misses.
Control/Performance: Although he had a bad rap for walking people in college, he felt the need to nibble against metal bats. However, he has improved confidence against wooden bats, and he now is a strike-thrower. Kontos pitched all year at HiA Tampa. He started two games before missing nearly two months with a shoulder injury. He finished the year weak, after starting strong, with a 4-6 record, and in 94.1 IP, allowed 95 H, 101 K, and 30 BB. He also pitched in Hawaii and impressed, going 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 34 IP, allowing 34 H and 10 BB while striking out 42. The only concern might have been the GO/AO ratio of 0.97.
Outlook: Kontos needs to develop his secondary pitches more if he is to remain a starter. As is, he just needs to develop his changeup, and in that case he would soon be a part of the Yankees future bullpen plans. If there is a major trade involving a top Yankees pitching prospect for, say, a Johan Santana, he is likely to remain a starter. However, this is unlikely, so he projects best out of the bullpen now. Kontos is not, however, at #19 because he is only a fringe or decent prospect. He has a very high potential, but there are certain kinks that he must work out to reach it. He should jump up in rankings by next year if his performance improves at AA Trenton.
Ceiling: B+/A-, Health: B, Comparison: Francisco Rodriguez