Chorye Spoone is a local product, having played two seasons at Catonsville Community College after growing up in Pasadena, Maryland. Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 36th round of the 2004 draft, Spoone held out after being persued in the draft and follow process to be drafted in the 8th round of the 2005 draft by his hometown Orioles. Scouts have long had doubts about Spoone's makeup and he did get in some trouble that cost him playing time in college, but Orioles' officials have gone out of their way to praise his work ethic after his full season debut this year.
DOB: 09/15/85 Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 B/T: R/R
Chorye Spoone's age 20 season:
Spoone's statistical markers are not that encouraging once you get passed his superficially low ERA, In fact, he also gave up 21 unearned runs in his 129 innings. Part of that can be attributed to his strong 1.76 GO/AO ratio (groundballs induce more errors than flyballs) and that also explains his stellar home runs allowed rate. However, his strikeout rate is middling and his walk rate is worse than that.
Spoone works with a fastball that can touch 94 MPH but is more frequently in the 89-92 MPH range. He made major strides commanding the pitch as the season wore on, but his walk rate demonstrates just how much further he has to go. Spoone also has a promising curveball, though his command of it is inconsistent. Despite a promising two-pitch arsenal, Spoone's strikeout rate is a reflection of his inability to develop an adequate changeup. This also hurt him against left-handers, who hit .271/.415/.353 against him.
While the Orioles will leave Chorye Spoone in a rotation for now, he will have to make strides with his changeup to avoid a bullpen role. Spoone's groundball tendencies will help him survive the more home run friendly confines of Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick. Still, the results may not be pretty in Spoone's second full season. The Orioles will be more concerned with the development of Spoone's fastball command and the consistency of his curveball. It would be short-sighted to limit Spoone's options this early in his career, but he has a good chance to emerge as another power arm in the bullpen.
Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via email at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com