|No. 13 — Nick Wells, LHP
|Acquired: Trade from Toronto (Mark Lowe), July 2015
While Brentz, the other left-handed pitching prospect included in the Mark Lowe trade last summer, is the headliner because of the raw stuff, Wells was actually the name that put me over the top on the deal — Brentz was enough, but getting Wells, too, was a nice deal for Jack Zduriencik and an example what clubs should more of when they aren’t contending: Get more ingredients.
Wells is a wiry, 6-foot-5, 190-pound southpaw, with three promising pitches, starting with a fastball in the 89-92 mph range, touching 93. That projectable frame, however, could bring another tick or two to that range as he fills out and matures. The curveball can be devastating, thanks to good, consistent arm action and some deception. With hard, late break and solid command of the pitch, Wells is developing a strikeout breaking ball.
The changeup was good at times after the trade last summer, but he didn’t throw it a whole lot and typically it was flat and overthrown into the dirt. Wells’ athletic delivery bodes well for further development, but he’s already simplified things and stays closed well.
There’s a chance at a No. 3 starter here and a 200-inning, No. 2 type is not completely out of the question, albeit closer to longshot status. Wells is likely to hit Class-A Clinton to start 2016 where he’ll be challenged to become more consistent in everything he does on and off the mound.