Final 2002 Scouting Report: LHP, Ross Peeples

Ross Peeples was a draft and follow signee in 2000. He was drafted out of Middle Georgia College where he holds the single game strikeout record of 21 hitters. He was selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star team in 2001. Peeples credits his success to following the training regiment that the Mets designed for him and Bobby Ojeda. Ojeda worked him throwing a slider and change up and on how to set up hitters.

Ross Peeples dominated at Capital City to open the 2002 season, but he struggled when promoted to St. Lucie. Peeples maintained a good K-rate, but he was hit hard and high A hitters were able to fight off tough pitches and draw more bases on balls. His ERA of 5.59 did not reflect how well he pitched at St. Lucie.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2002

St. Lucie

2-3

29

33

13

26

5.59

2002

Capital City

7-7

115

104

25

98

2.43

2001

Brooklyn

9-3

80

63

29

67

1.34

2000

Kingsport

1-2

31

25

10

29

2.61


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Repertoire. Fastball (FB), curve ball (CB), slider (SL) and change up (CU).

Fastball. Peeples throws his fastball in the 87-88 mph topping off at 89 mph range with solid movement.

Other Pitches. Peeples' best pitch may be his CB and his SL has sharp break. Peoples throws a solid CU.

Pitching. Peeples demonstrated a solid idea of how to pitch. He mixes his pitches well and throws strikes.

Projection. End of the rotation starter rotation starter at best. A long reliever/spot starter is also possible. Peeples will need to improve his secondary pitches if he is to make to MLB.

ETA. 2005. Peeples has the repertoire to move through the system quickly. His knowledge of how to pitch is improving. Improvement in his secondary pitches is the key to his having a MLB career. With his repertoire, control and knowledge of how to pitch, Peeples might not be challenged too much until he reaches AA (and not necessarily there).

Left-Handed Starting Pitchers Team
Phil Seibel AA - Binghamton Mets
Neal Musser A - St. Lucie Mets
Leonard DiNardo A - Capital City Bombers
Ross Peeples A - Capital City Bombers
Scott Kazmir A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Ryan Danly R - Kingsport Mets
Kelvin Garay R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


The Mets system has a number of left handed pitching prospects. With Bacsik promoted to the Mets, the farm system has only 4 starters pitching at the moment. The injured Brian Walker could be developed as a starter.

1. Neal Musser completed a rehab assignment at Brooklyn and returned to St. Lucie. He was having an excellent season until a foot injury sidelined him. He's added weight during the off-season and could move quickly through the system if he can remain healthy.

2. Lenny DiNardo is still recovering from a tired arm and is on a severe pitch limit constraint. He needs to throw more strikes to be successful. With his extensive repertoire, he could move very quickly through the system.

3. Ross Peeples is an end of the rotation SP with his work ethic.

4. Yunior Cabrera is starting at Brooklyn. This is Cabrera's 6th season in the Mets farm system and he has spent precious little time above short season leagues. For the most part, Cabrera has been a RP. Thus, the Mets likely are trying to fast track him by starting him. The 22-year old Cabrera throws an excellent CB and should add 2 mph to his FB and reach 90-91 mph. He has good control of both pitches and should move quickly through the system when he returns to the bullpen.

5. Jayson Weir and Ryan Danly could both return to starting after a stint in the bullpen.

6. Scott Kazmir automatically becomes the top left-handed starting pitching prospect in the farm system.

7. Kelvin Garay and Edgar A. Alfonzo bear watching also.



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