Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sleeper Prospect: Reliever Alan Farina

The Jays drafted reliever Alan Farina from the University of Clemson with the 115th overall pick in the 2007 draft along with what was supposed to be one of the teams strongest drafts in years.

Farina was recently seen as a bit of a disappointment along with 3B Kevin Ahrens, SS Justin Jackson, 2B John Tolisano, and OF Eric Eiland. He was the lone top college pick to struggle in the minors while he saw Brett Cecil and J.P. Arencibia climb the ranks of the Toronto system. He and P Trystan Magnuson both underperformed, but Magnuson found his stride in the bullpen while Farina struggled to stay on the field for an extended period of time. 

Farina started the year in his home state with the Jays Class-A Advanced Dunedin team after pitching in 29 games for the Florida State League team in 2009. He struggled last year with injuries and pitching inconsistencies. 

This year Farina has shown the promise that encouraged Jays management when they drafted him. He appeared in his 15th game today while picking up his first save in an 8-5 Dunedin win. His number to date are spectacular:   

Those numbers though are a bit deceiving because he has been lights-out recently:

Farina is just another name to look forward to especially in the bullpen in the years to come.