Texas Rangers Prospects: Wilmer Font and Evan Reed

Wilmer Font. RHP, 6' 4", 210 lbs, Born: May 24, 1990. The Texas Rangers signed man-child Wilmer Font out of Venezuela during the 2006 signing season only a couple of months after he turned 16. Font is an extremely raw talent still, but parts of his game are starting to show signs of polish. Font can run his fastball into the upper 90s, and he has shown very promising off-speed pitches in his change up and curveball. The part he has struggled with to this point has been control. In just over 65 innings of stateside work, Font has allowed only 53 hits while striking out 82, but he has also allowed 35 walks. That's not all. More than 20 batters, possibly 30 or more, have reached base via hit-by-pitch against Font. There's no questioning his stuff, though. Still not quite 19 years old, Font has plenty of time to work on refining his stuff. Those signs of polish I spoke of? Over Font's last two appearances (both of them starts,with limited pitch counts) spanning 8.2 innings pitched, Font allowed only 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8, hitting 0 batters, and throwing only 1 wild pitch. This 210 fps video is from a March 19, 2009 spring training appearance in a Low A game. [Video.]
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