6. RHP Logan Webb
Current Level: Double-A
Acquired: Draft (2014, 4th Round)
Future-Value Grade: 45+
Webb was selected and signed out of Rocklin, California by the San Francisco Giants all the way back in 2014. His development was stalled by Tommy John surgery in 2016 before he re-emerged on prospect radars in 2018.
He began the 2018 campaign with the High-A San Jose Giants, striking out a batter an inning while holding opponents to a 1.82 ERA. That earned him a late promotion to Double-A and he held his own down the stretch.
This season, he got off to a very strong start and he was well on his way to a Triple-A promotion and a spot at the backend of leaguewide top 100 prospect lists when he was slapped with an 80-game PED suspension.
Webb has maintained his innocence and minor league drug tests have been questioned in the past. Regardless, with the suspension nearly over, Webb will soon return to the field with a chance to put the suspension behind him.
The 22-year-old is an above-average athlete on the mound, and he even played quarterback in high school. At this point, he is primarily a two-pitch pitcher, but with a lively mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, he has two plus pitches.
He’s begun working a changeup into the mix, but it still has a long way to go to be effective. If the changeup comes along, he has the potential to be a No. 2 or 3 starter. Most scouts project him to a high-leverage relief role given his dominant two-pitch mix, but there’s a chance he can be an effective back-of-the-rotation starter even if the changeup is fringy at best.
I’m generally not big on player comparisons, but I see a lot of a young Jeff Samardzija in Webb. Shark began his career in the bullpen before shifting to the rotation where he enjoyed a good deal of success prior to his up-and-down tenure with the San Francisco Giants.