Today we wrap up the 2011 Brdenton Marauders preview with a look at the bullpen. So far we've covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers. When you get as low as A-ball, you're not going to have a lot of top bullpen prospects. Most of the top arms, even ones that are projected as future bullpen pieces, are in the rotation to maximize their innings. The guys who are in the bullpen might have a shot at being a middle reliever one day, but for the most part they project as organizational depth. There are a few exceptions, which we will cover first.
There is really only one pitcher at the level who is strictly a relief pitching prospect, and that's Victor Black. Black missed almost all of the 2010 season due to injuries, and as a result, will move to the bullpen full time in 2011. He is expected to start off in high-A, and could make the jump to Altoona, depending on how he rebounds in Bradenton this y...
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