Capital City Bombers' Pitching Prospect Review

NYfansonly.com looks at the peripheral stats of the Capital City pitchers, some of whom had phenomenal seasons in 2004. We will look at the pitchers who logged a minimum of 35 innings with Cap City and did not accrue more than 40 innings at another level.

Anthony Acosta - RHP

Drafted in the 29th round of the 1999 draft, Acosta pitched pretty well this past season but was uncharacteristically wild at times, walking a career high 26 batters for the Bombers this past season. He was okay, but needs to work on his control if he's to make a push towards the higher levels next season. Acosta managed to get into four games with St. Lucie and one game with AAA-Norfolk at the end of the year. He'll be a part of the St. Lucie rotation in 2005 as he looks to prove his lack of control was more of a fluke than anything.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

3.86

1.67

42.0

5.57

7.5

1.07

.265



Vincent Cordova - RHP

Drafted in the 9th round of the 2003 draft out of Loyola Marymount University, Cordova is on the cusp of making that leap into a really good pitching prospect. While Acosta had control problems, Cordova was the epitome of control. In fact he's probably better off throwing a few more balls as he served up 138 hits in 120 innings for the Bombers and opposing South Atlantic League batters hit .287 off of him this past season. Still, there's a lot to like with his peripherals...especially that better than 7:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's a lock to be a part of the St. Lucie rotation in 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

3.13

1.13

23.0

1.57

7.43

0.78

.259

A

Cap City

4.25

1.26

120.0

1.04

7.46

0.82

.287



Ryan Danly - LHP

Drafted in the 38th round of the 2000 draft out of Jefferson High School in Iowa, Danly has not really logged a lot of innings after his fourth minor league season in the Mets' system. Danly, who had just 11 appearances for the Bombers' in '04, has 182 career innings. Opposing batters crushed him to the tune of a .319 this past season and he still walks way too many batters. Turning 24 next season, time is running out for Danly.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

4.33

1.74

43.2

3.71

7.83

0.62

.319



Anderson Garcia - RHP

A native of the Dominican Republic, Garcia was sent to the Mets by the Yankees as part of a package in the deal for Armando Benitez. Garcia's a "stuff" guy, a thrower, and not much of a pitcher. His over 5 walks per nine innings despite devastating stuff reminds a few scouts of Joselo Diaz (traded to Tampa Bay this past season). The question is will the soon-to-be 24 year old learn more control in time to make a difference? Garcia's a long shot for the St. Lucie bullpen next year.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

4.71

1.65

84.0

5.04

8.04

0.75

.272



Shane Hawk - LHP

Hawk is a tall (6'6"), lanky hard-throwing lefty that posted incredible peripheral numbers in 2004 for the Capital City Bombers. His 4.9 strikeout-to-walk ratio shows just how good his control is and opposing SAL batters hit just .203 off of him this past season. Drafted in the 4th round of the 2003 draft out of Oklahoma State University, Hawk has the look of a dominant left-handed reliever as he progresses through the system and is easily one of the best relief pitching prospects for the Mets.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

St. Lucie

3.55

1.11

12.2

3.55

7.11

1.42

.191

A

Cap City

2.20

1.04

32.2

2.48

12.1

0.28

.203



Bryan King - RHP

King was really solid for the Bombers out of the bullpen in 2004 as he went a perfect 8-0 and led the team in relief appearances with 40. Drafted in the 19th round of the 2002 draft, King posted decent peripheral numbers across the board. If he could learn to cut down his walks some (23 in 69 innings), he could become even more effective. But we're just nitpicking here. He'll be in the St. Lucie bullpen next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

4.02

1.25

69.1

2.99

8.96

0.65

.238



Evan MacLane - RHP

MacLane joins Yusmeiro Petit in the Mets' farm system as two prospects that pitch a lot better than their "stuff" indicates. And like Petit, it's hard to ignore the numbers. Cap City or Brooklyn, it didn't matter to MacLane. His numbers are almost identical between the two stops and they are outstanding. Drafted in the 25th round of the 2003 draft out of Feather River Community College in California, MacLane posted a mind-boggling 8.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2004 and had less than one base runner per inning pitched. MacLane deserves to be challenged in the Florida State League in 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

2.39

0.99

67.2

1.33

8.78

1.20

.228

A

Brooklyn

2.48

0.97

69.0

0.78

8.87

0.65

.236



Ivan Maldonado - RHP

Do you want to know just how bad Maldonado's season was in 2004 for the Bombers? He served up 15 home runs in just 46 1/3 innings, which is a shade under three home runs per nine innings and he led the club in that category despite pitching in just 14 games. Drafted in the 18th round of the 2002 draft, he made two appearances with the Cyclones and one with the GCL Mets in '04. Oh yeah! Opposing South Atlantic League batters hit .330 off of him.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

7.38

1.73

46.1

2.91

6.80

2.91

.330



Javier Ochoa - RHP

Ochoa, originally signed as an undrafted free-agent back in 1996 by the Mets, Ochoa's a non-factor as a prospect. His stats certainly do not indicate a guy turning 26 and still playing low-A ball....there's no advantage there.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

5.18

1.50

40.0

4.95

8.55

0.68

.239



Tanner Osberg - RHP

He wasn't "Maldonado" bad in 2004, but he wasn't far off. Osberg led the Bombers' staff in innings pitched and let's just say it nicely: he's thankful to have had an explosive lineup behind him! He went 10-7 and that's it for the decent numbers. His 1.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio tops off a series of bad numbers. Drafted in the 34th round of the 2000 draft, Osberg just completed his fifth (and possibly final) season with the Mets organization.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

5.89

1.59

140.2

3.46

5.05

0.83

.312



Greg Ramirez - RHP

Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2003 draft out of Pepperdine University, all Ramirez has done has sparkled in the Mets farm system. Whether he's relieving or starting, Ramirez has posted some incredible numbers the last two seasons. His peripheral stats are excellent in every category. Opposing batters hit just .226 off of him this past season and he now boasts a career 2.39 minor league career in ERA after two seasons. It will be interesting to see what the Mets plan to do with him in the future as he has thrived in various roles.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

2.06

1.14

96.0

2.63

9.84

0.28

.226



Brian Walker - LHP

Drafted in the 4th round of the 2001 draft out of the University of Miami, Walker had a bounce back year in 2003 after missing all of 2002 after arm surgery. Walker had a decent year for the Bombers in '04. His peripherals were solid in most categories but did not show the same control he had in 2003. He's got to be challenged soon to see what he can do, so there's a chance he'll begin 2005 with St. Lucie with a possible quick call-up to Binghamton should have early success in the Florida State League.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Cap City

3.45

1.43

78.1

3.91

7.93

0.34

.267



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