by: Jon Davis
#10 Ismael Guillon LHP
The selection of Ismael Guillon, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefty, here at number ten makes back-to-back prospects who were signed out of Venezuela at the age of 16. In fact, Guillon was signed just two months after Yorman Rodriguez back in 2008. After a bad 2011, where he had 6.6 BB/9 and an ERA of 6.57, Guillon bounced back nicely in 2012 sporting a 2.38 ERA in 75.2 innings. The numbers that jumped out were the 10.7 K/9 and the huge drop in walks down to 3.7 per 9 innings.
Guillon has a delivery which is a little herky-jerky, but with good deception. He has a fastball that ranges from 88-93, but will usually be around 90 or 91. It has no significant movement, but it does appear to jump at hitters because of his deceptive delivery and arm speed. Guillon's best pitch is by far his change-up, which is a legit plus change-up that generates a lot of swings-and-misses. He does have a curveball that he can throw...