Prospect Report: Joe Bateman

The Giants have no doubt been known to select pitchers in the draft, and Joe Bateman is currently predicted to be one of the best. Being drafted in the thirty-second round in 2002, this young pitcher is showing teams everywhere that his arm is as prized as any.

Despite being on a team that's last in its division, Joe Bateman has been spectacular, leading his team with a 7-1 record and an ERA below two.

Because of his outstanding performance this season, holding a 1.88 ERA in forty-eight innings while striking out forty-six and walking only fourteen, Bateman was selected to represent the Hagerstown Suns in the 45th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

While attending MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), Bateman received a Player of the Week in April 22, and made the first team in All-MASCAC honors. Bateman was also the team MVP, and was sent to the College All-Star Game.

Bateman describes himself as a "whiffleball" pitcher, throwing with a sidearm or three-fourth's delivery. His dominant pitches are sliders and curveballs, but he also wouldn't hesitate in throwing a four-seamer once in a while.

At Salem-Kaizer, Bateman says he's learned a lot from Trevor Wilson. Bateman also believes that he'd make the ideal set-up man because he loves the pressure.

Quick Stats:

  • College: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Position: Relieving Pitcher
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 170
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Right

    YEAR
    TEAM
    W
    L
    SV
    ERA
    G
    IP
    H
    R
    ER
    BB
    KO
    HR
    2004
    Hagerstown Suns (SAL)
    7
    4
    1
    1.92
    35
    70.1
    47
    17
    15
    20
    78
    2
    2004
    Norwich Navigators (EL)
    0
    1
    0
    8.31
    2
    4.1
    6
    4
    4
    0
    4
    1

  • Speed:
    Bateman is more of a finesse pitcher, and wouldn't blow the radar gun with speed. He does, however, have a fastball that he tucks away and uses on occassion. Bateman relies more on location and movement.

  • Future:
    Bateman has been recently called up to join the Norwich Navigators in Double-A baseball. He's determined and has the mindset of a big league reliever. It's only a matter of time and practice before this young talent will make it big.



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