Diamondbacks Prospect #45: P Evan Scribner

The Arizona Diamondbacks found a late-round gem in last year's draft. Evan Scribner fell to the 28th round, but nevertheless advanced to full-season ball in time to aid South Bend in their postseason run.

Vitals:

Name: Evan Scribner


Draft: 28th Round, 2007
Position: Right Handed Pitcher
DOB: 7/19/1985
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190 lbs
B/T: R/R

History: Credit Tom Allison and the Arizona Diamondbacks scouting staff with another victory.  Evan Scribner had an undistinguished collegiate career prior to 2007, and Central Connecticut State University isn't exactly known for being a baseball powerhouse to begin with.  This season, the fourth-year senior impressed Diamondbacks scouts enough to warrant selection in the 28th round of June's draft.

Scribner had been used both as a starter and as a reliever in college.  The four-year player completed 20 of the 33 games that he started for the Blue Devils, including seven of nine in 2007.  The Diamondbacks decided to use him in relief with that kind of stress having been put on Scribner's young arm.

He excelled in that role during Rookie ball, earning FutureBacks.com Pitcher of the Year honors at Missoula.  With nothing left to prove there, he advanced to South Bend to aid the Silver Hawks' playoff run.  Scribner did not face anything in full-season ball that the could not handle.   

All told, Scribner combined for 145 strikeouts in 125 innings last year.  Many teams don't see that kind of production from their day-one draft picks.

Year Team Age W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2004 Ct Conn 18 4 3 4.72 24 4 3 61.0 67 44 32 3 16 43 1.36
2005 Ct Conn 19 6 3 2.79 12 8 2 58.0 55 31 18 4 8 39 1.09
2006 Ct Conn 20 7 4 3.25 17 12 2 91.1 103 37 33 1 18 57 1.32
2007 Ct Conn 21 6 6 2.78 21 9 7 77.2 65 31 24 3 15 84 1.03
  Missoula 21 0 1 2.92 18 0 2 37.0 35 13 12 1 9 48 1.19
  S Bend 22 1 0 2.61 5 0 0 10.1 7 3 3 1 5 13 1.16
Minor League Totals 1 1 2.87 23 0 2 47.1 42 16 15 2 14 61 1.19

Statistics Courtesy of The Baseball Cube

Makeup: Mark Haley, manager of the South Bend Silver Hawks, wasn't shocked by the low draft pick's success in his bullpen.  The scouting reports Haley got from the Diamondbacks developmental staff indicated that he would be someone who would attack the strike zone.

"He's aggressive, he commands the zone, he can get the breaking ball over, and that's the perfect formula for an A-ball guy to have success," Haley told us.  "He threw changeups for strikes; he commanded the zone."  

It's a good sign for a low-round pick to trust his stuff against far more advanced hitters than he faced in the Northeast Conference of the NCAA.  If Scribner can continue to throw with confidence at higher levels, there's no reason he can't succeed with the stuff that he possesses.         

Pitches: Scribner throws a fastball that rests comfortably in the 92-93 MPH range, a 12-to-6 curveball, and a straight change.

"He was just a strikeout machine," praised Justin Brashear, who caught Scribner at South Bend.  "I'd like to use Evan's fastball to set up his curveball late in the count, because guys would be so anxious to get out in front with that fastball, that he drops that 65 mile-an-hour looper in there, and guys had no idea what to do."

Simply taking pitches generally isn't an option, as Scribner can get all three of his offerings over for strikes.  More advanced hitters will be better-equipped to deal with his arsenal, but Scribner's control should also continue to improve, soon painting corners instead of merely throwing strikes.

Prediction: Scribner's three solid offerings and a history of working deep into games in college, Scribner would be best utilized as a member of the starting rotation. 

"I could see him being a starter; he has enough pitches," Haley determined.  "He definitely deserves that opportunity."

Scribner's smallish stature could leave him typecast as a middle reliever at the major league level.  He should at least merit a look as a spot starter, though.

Major League Clone: Ricky Nolasco

ETA: Although Scribner's performance last season suggests that he could rise quickly within the organization, he likely won't get an opportunity at the big league level until 2011.  Players drafted ahead of Scribner only need to match his performance to get promoted ahead of him.  Of course, the outside chance does exist that Scribner will continue to outperform his peers as he did at Missoula.         

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