28. Mason Fluharty- AA (Previous Rank: 23)
22 y.o / LHP / RP
Fluharty proved himself to be pro ready with a 3.28 ERA and strong strikeout to walk rate in his first full season. He was dominant at High-A and held his own when he was promoted to Double-A. His key pitch is his sweeping slider and he throws it a lot. It's a devastating offering for left-handed hitters and it has enough movement to hold off righties. He throws an 89 MPH cutter that does a good job of missing barrels and gives him an option against righties. His low 90s fastball isn't typically an impact pitch for him. Fluharty has kept his walks down and will need to to continue to command his pitches at a high level. He projects as a second lefty out of the bullpen.
27. Lazaro Estrada- A (Previous Rank: 29)
24 y.o / RHP / RP
Estrada has become a personal favourite of mine and I wrote an entire spotlight piece on him a few months back. He's an older prospect that lacks the projection or deep arsenal to start long term. So why is he ranked? He was dominant at Single-A this year in a starter role posting a 2.83 ERA with a FIP to match. This dominance was a product of his fastball/curveball mix that befuddled hitters. The fastball averages 19 inches of induced vertical break and he throws it from an uphill attack angle. It had an elite whiff rate despite being just 93 MPH on average. If he can get that to 94-95 in a relief role it'll play well in the big leagues. He traded some depth on his curveball this year for more power and it was still a strong offering for him that tunneled well off his fastball to keep hitters guessing. Estrada kept the walks to a minimum in a starter role and has solid command. He deserves a better test than Single-A in 2024.