Pitcher, Craig House

The Mets acquired Craig House from the Colorado Rockies in a 3-way deal in which the Mets acquired Jeromy Burnitz among others. The Rockies selected House with their 12th selection in the June 1999 free agent draft. House pitched for the University of Memphis. House was born in Okinawa, Japan. BaseballAmerica rated House as the Rockies #7 prospect for 2001. House's motion raises questions about his durability.

House had risen rapidly through the Rockies farm system making his first major league appearance in 2000. He's had excellent hits/innings pitch ratio throughout with about a 6.5 ratio for his minor league career. He's averaged better than a K/IP in the farm system. However, his 31 BB in 59 innings at Colorado Springs raises series command issues for House as a relief pitcher.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2001

Colorado Springs

2-2

59

32

31

62

4.45

2000

Colorado

1-1

14

13

17

8

7.24

2000

Colorado Springs

0-0

8

6

2

8

3.24

2000

Carolina

0-2

21

14

15

28

3.80

2000

Salem

2-0

16

7

10

24

2.25

1999

Portland

2-1

35

28

14

58

2.08


* Stats as of 10/31/01

Repertoire. 4-seam fastball (FB), slider (SL).

Fastball. House's FB sits in the 92-94 mph range, but he can reach 100 mph. The fastball sits in the lower range because House has little command when he throws harder.

Other pitches: House has a nasty slider which is a good K-pitch for House.

Pitching: House has a very deceptive motion that is difficult to follow.

Projection: Closer/Setup. House's motion, fastball, and slider raises the possibility that he could close at the major league level. The clear issue will be his command.

ETA: 2002. House is probably ready for a role in the bullpen now, but the Mets don't have a spot for him.

Closer Team
Grant Roberts MLB - Mets
Kenneth Chenard A - St. Lucie Mets
Matthew Gahan A- Capital City Bombers
Quentin Patterson A- Capital City Bombers


COMMENTS


1. While Roberts has the stuff to be an ace, he lacks the determination, work ethic, intensity, and consistency to realize that potential in the near future. So in the shorter term, he should be considered a reliever capable of filling multiple roles in the bullpen. His stats considering how Grant Roberts was used by Valentine is a clear indication of his true potential in that he averaged better than 1K per IP as a reliever for the Mets.

2. Kenneth Chenard along with Grant Roberts has the best stuff in the Mets farm system. He has demonstrated that his 6'3", 175 lbs., frame is too frail to handle the strain of being a starter and he should be converted to the bullpen. He could move very quickly through the Mets system should he regain his command in 2002. The Mets may start him at St. Lucie but I would expect him to eventually advance to Norfolk. I wouldn't be surprised at a September 2002 call up.

3. The 26-year old Gahan signed in March 2001. This Australian left his job as an accountant to pursue his dream to be a Major League pitcher. Gahan has a mid-90s 4-seam FB with an effective SL. He also throws a 2-seam fastball, curve and change up. Gahan has the repetoire to be a starter, but his goal is to reach the majors as soon as possible and that would be best facilitated as a reliever.

4. Quentin Patterson has very limited experience but he consistently reaches 94 mph with his fastball. Patterson's development would be best facilitated becoming a starter for a season. But the Mets really do not have a starting slot available for him at Columbia or St. Lucie.

5. The best alternatives for a closer are likely to be starting prospects who are converted to the bullpen. Josh Reynolds or Jeremy Griffiths might be the best candidates. The current closers in the system are more likely to become middle relievers or setups rather than closers. Mark Corey, Heath Bell, Steve Bennett, Tim LaVigne functioned as closers at various levels, but none are likely to fill that role at the MLB level.



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