Randall Delgado- 2010 Topps Debut Gold #45/50
The long-standing tradition of rich pitching for the Braves organization continues into the 21st century. While most of the hype has been centered on Julio Teheran and recently acquired Arodys Vizcaino (the centerpiece of the Javier Vazquez trade with the Yankees), one guy who is often overlooked (but might be better than either) is 20 year-old Randall Delgado.
Signed out of Panama as a Non-Drafted free-agent in 2006, Delgado began his career as a 17 year-old in the Braves Dominican Summer League team. The next season (2008), Atlanta started him out in the Appalachian League-which was unusual,given his age and the fact that they typically start younger kids out in the Gulf Coast League. Last year, Wilson spent the season at Rome, in the A-Ball South Atlantic League where he somewhat struggled. Despite his poor record and high ERA in Rome, he was only 19, pitching in a league where the average player is 1-2 years older. He also averaged over a strike-out per inning, helped by the fact that he has an above-average fastball, above-average changeup, and an improving curveball that may eventually rate the same. Another bright spot on Delgado's season was that he finished strong down the stretch, while most young players tend to wear down. This maturity and the mental make-up he has could lead to a possible role as a lights-out closer down the road (much like the talk about former Braves prospect Neftali Feliz).
To start the 2010 season, Randall is in High-A level Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League. Through his first two starts, he has pitched 10 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 run (earned) for a 0.90 ERA, 2 BB, 10 K, holding opposing hitters to a .182 average, while having no decisions.