D-backs Prospect Profile: SP Kevin Mulvey

Kevin Mulvey went from being one of the key components in the Johan Santana deal and the #9 ranked prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization according to Scout.com into a cheap waiver wire pickup for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was acquired for cash considerations just days after the D-backs shipped Jon Rauch to Minnesota.

Note: This profile was initially published in April on TwinCitiesDugout.com, the Minnesota Twins site on the Scout.com Network.

Name: Kevin Mulvey
Position: Starting Pitcher
D.O.B.: May 26, 1985
Draft: 62nd Overall by the Mets in 2006
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Kevin Mulvey was acquired by the Minnesota Twins in the Johan Santana trade, and actually was the best performer of the other two pitching prospects (Deolis Guerra and Philip Humber) the Twins received. The young right-hander, the New York Mets second round selection in the 2006 draft, will help anchor the Rochester Red Wings rotation in 2009, but will likely see time with the big league club. After starting 27 games for the Red Wings in 2008, Mulvey should be a top pitcher in the International League this season.

Mulvey began his professional career as a member of the Gulf Coast League Mets, but made only one start before being promoted to the Binghamton Mets, the New York Mets Double-A Eastern League affiliate. He made three starts for Binghamton, posting a 1.35 earned run average, and would go on to start the 2007 season with the B-Mets.

04 VIL 19 - 7 4 5.29 15 15 0 80.0 82 54 47 2 45 61
05 VIL 20 - 4 4 4.65 12 12 3 71.2 75 49 37 2 28 73
06 VIL 21 - 3 8 3.61 14 14 5 92.1 91 49 37 4 23 88
  MET 21 Nym 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 1
  BIN 21 Nym 0 1 1.35 3 3 1 13.1 10 4 2 1 5 10
07 BIN 22 Nym 11 10 3.32 26 26 0 151.2 145 74 56 4 43 110
  NO 22 Nym 1 0 0.00 1 1 0 6.0 2 0 0 0 0 3
08 ROC 23 Min 7 9 3.77 27 27 1 148.0 152 80 62 16 48 121
09 MIN 24 Min 0 0 27.00 2 0 0 1.1 6 4 4 0 0 0
Minors 19 20 3.36 58 58 2 321.0 310 158 120 21 96 245

Statistics Courtesy of TheBaseballCube

In 2007, Mulvey was one of the more dominant starters in the Eastern League, allowing him to shoot up the ranks of Mets pitching prospects. Making 26 starts, Mulvey won 11 games, and had a very good 3.32 earned run average. He would get a start at Triple-A New Orleans to end the 2007 season, tossing six innings of shutout ball, earning the victory.

For his efforts, Mulvey was named a mid-season Eastern League All-Star, and was selected to participate in the Futures Game.

That would be the last start the right-hander would make as a member of the New York Mets organization, as he would toe the rubber in 2008 as a member of the Rochester Red Wings. One of the more consistent starters for the Wings, Mulvey was great at the beginning and end of the season, though he struggled during the mid-season months. Still, the Twins loved his 3.77 earned run average, and he almost won a roster spot this past Spring Training.

Mulvey will open the 2009 season with the Rochester Red Wings, but the Twins will need him to make some starts this season, or possibly come out of the bullpen with some long relief.

Repertoire. Fastball, Slider, Curveball, Changeup.

Fastball. Mulvey has a very good fastball, which he can crank up to 94 on some occasions. However, his heater usually sits in the high-80s to low-90s range, and he has the ability to throw it for strikes. He overthrew a bit last season, causing him to lose some command, but he usually is very consistent with his fastball. He also throws a good low-90s two-seamer, which he barrels down in the strike zone.

Other Pitches. Mulvey has a plus slider, which he uses in any count. It is definitely his outpitch, and it compliments his fastball very well. Mulvey also has a very good curveball, which he can throw for strikes. A fifth pitch, Mulvey's changeup is also a consistent pitch, which he has very good command of. He has one of the better arsenals in the organization.

Projection. Mulvey definitely has the pitches to be a Major League pitcher, and he has been a consistent starter since his days at Villanova University. However, the Twins do not need another right-handed starter right now, and he may be better served to get some bullpen work. He barely missed out on a roster spot with the team in 2009, and he will once again show how good he is at Rochester. A move to the bullpen may hurry him to the Major Leagues, but he is definitely a starter.

ETA. 2009. Mulvey will be with the Twins in some capacity during the 2009 season, and it is only a matter of when. He will start the season in Triple-A, but will likely be with the team by June at the latest. The Twins pitching staff has already been hit with a rash of injuries, as Boof Bonser and Scott Baker will start the 2009 season on the disabled list. Look for him to get a shot if one of the starters go down early in the season.

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