MMN Top 40 Prospects: No. 38 Chris Flexen

By Satish Ram

October 9, 2013 No comments

2014 Top 40 Prospects

Chris Flexen is the man for the No. 38 spot after an impressive and dominant campaign in Kingsport.

38. Chris Flexen 

chris flexen

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 215

DOB: 7/1/1994 (Age:19)

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Fastball: 55/60+ Curve: 50/55 Changeup: 40/50 Control: 60/60 Mechanics: 60/60

Not only does Chris Flexen have an awesome name, but he’s a fun prospect to follow down in Kingsport. He and Rob Whalen were part of a dominant rotation with the K-Mets this season, with Flex finishing the year with a 2.09 ERA in 69.0 innings. He posted an 8-1 record with two shutouts on the season in just 11 starts, so that’s not too shabby at all.

Flex gets through his starts with an above average fastball and curveball — and it is notable that curveball showed improvement over the course of the year. His claim to fame, for the most part, is his control. The Mets took a flier on him by giving him third-round money as a 14th rounder — which was a nice move. He throws an average change-up and slider to back up the two main offerings, and the change-up could pan out to be an average pitch. The fastball currently sits in the low-90s, but I could see it where his fastball ends up in the mid 90s in a couple year — based on projecting his frame a little.

Outlook: I like Flexen a lot because a pitcher with solid control (1.6 BB/9 in ’13) over three separate pitches can progress through the system quickly. He should find himself in Brooklyn next year and perhaps given the push I expect for him soon if he matches his results in Kingsport. I think he could turn out to be a solid pitcher in the back-end of an MLB rotation someday — but it won’t happen for a few years, at least.

ETA: 2017

MMN Top 40 Prospects

40. Jhoan Urena

39. Patrick Biondi

38. Chris Flexen