Baseball America’s top 2 Indy prospects: Gelinas, Cox
* RP Chris Cox (St. Georges, Ont.) the set-up man for the Quebec Capitales was ranked the second prospect amongst independent players by Baseball America ….
By Devon Teeple
The North American League has gone through some drastic changes this year, specifically attendance.
Since last year, they have seen a drastic 40% drop through the gates, and their reigning champions; the Edmonton Capitals, did not even return for the 2012 season.
On a positive note, Baseball America has released its Top independent League prospects under 25 and Kevin Gelinas of the NAL is this year’s premier player.
Meanwhile, in the runner-up spot was RP Chris Cox (St. George, Ont.) of the Quebec Capitales.
Gelinas stands at 6-foot-5 and tips the scales at 250 lbs, throws in the mid-90s and is left-handed. He was drafted in the 45th round of the 2009 amateur draft out of Central Arizona College and also in the 44th round of the 2010 draft by the New York Mets out of the University of Southern California, Santa Barbara.
After completing his senior year, this former Gaucho joined the Amarillo Prairie Dogs and put up some very good numbers.
His role was limited to mostly one inning per appearance. In 22 games, Gelinas totalled 23 innings, walked five, struck out 29, recorded two saves, and compiled a 3.13 ERA.
According to the San Angelo Colts, his velocity caught the eye of the New York Yankees, who subsequently purchased his contract. Unfortunately an injury shortened his stay in the Yankees system. Shortly thereafter, they sent him back to the Prairie Dogs.
Whether Gelinas continues in what looks like a future closer role, the ranking provided by Baseball America can do nothing but bring more attention him and the Indy game.
What more could a player ask for?
Cox went 1-2, with one save, a 3.45 ERA, along with 27 BB, 38 Ks.
Baseball America’s rating: An unsigned 39th-round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2011, Cox is a former starter who still shows signs of inexperience. Considering that he spent five years at Canisius that might seem unexpected, but Cox threw sparingly as a freshman and sophomore and then took a redshirt year as he battled through performance anxiety.
Early in his career, Cox showed signs of Steve Blass disease, completely losing the strike zone and spraying balls to the backstop with regularity. But he managed to work through it to earn a job in the Canisius rotation as a junior and the bullpen as a senior.
Cox showed excellent velocity as a set-up man for Quebec. He sat at 92-94 mph and touched 95 with his two-seam fastball. His slider has good bite, but he struggles at times to throw it for strikes.
*The list was limited to players who were 25 or younger on September 1.
The Top 20:
1. Kevin Gelinas (Amarillo, North American)
2. Chris Cox (Quebec, Can-Am)
3. Jonathan Kountis (Lake Erie, Frontier)
4. AJ Nunziato (Washington, Frontier)
5. Alfonso Yevoli (Washington, Frontier)
6. Jason Martin (Abilene, Frontier)
7. Buddy Sosnoskie (Fargo-Moorhead, American Association)
8. Robert Coe (St. Paul, American Association)
9. James Hoyt (Edinburg, North American/Wichita, American Association)
10. Brandon Sinnery (London, Can-Am/Lincoln, American Association)
11. David Peralta (Wichita, American Association)
12. Andrew Heck (Washington, Frontier)
13. David Bowman (Lake Erie, Frontier)
14. Joe Weik (Abilene, Edinburg, North American)
15. Gabe Zavala (Laredo, American Association)
16. Rick Devereaux (Washington, Frontier)
17. Chris Smith (Washington, Frontier)
18. Keith Cantwell (New Jersy, Can-Am)
19. Kyle Mertins (Sioux Falls, American Association)
20. Michael Hacker (San Angelo, North American).