Scouting Video: RHP Paul Bacot

In the second installment of our 2003 Amateur Draftee Scouting Video we feature footage of another promising starter, <B>Paul Bacot</B>. Bacot, a Georgia native out of Lakeside High enjoyed a very successful GCL season posting a 4-0 record with a 0.71 WHIP to go along with his superb control (6.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio).

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Scouting Report:
The Atlanta Braves waited a little longer than usual to pick a Georgian, holding out all the way until the second round. For the sixty-seventh overall pick, Atlanta pilfered from their area college and chose Atlanta-native Paul Bacot, who had planned to attend the University of Georgia. This lanky right-hander from Lakeside High signed immediately with the Braves, as did most of his fellow draft choices. After going 7-3 in his senior season with a 1.72 ERA, Bacot was ready to be a professional.

He first appeared on June 20th and gave up one earned run. That would be one of only four earned runs Bacot would give up in 38.0 inning pitched. Starting six games and relieving three others, Bacot would post a record of 4-0 and a 0.71 WHIP. His control was amazing, as he would only walk four batters all season. Compare that with the 26 strikeouts and it is understandable how he was able to keep a sub-1.00 ERA (0.95). At 18 years of age, Paul already possesses a fastball in the low-nineties and a good slider. With that repertoire and an amazing 6.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio, Bacot projects very well and already looks to be one of Atlanta's better pitching prospects, which is definitely a statement about his ability. As is always true with tall, thin pitchers, he will need to add weight in order to improve stamina, a la Adam Wainwright. It will also be important for Bacot to continue to hone his already potent pitches while mixing other weapons in to his arsenal. Still, with his combination of power and pinpoint control that led to only 0.95 walks per nine innings, the Braves have another Georgian high school pitcher who should go a long way.

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