HT: 6-1 WT: 205 POS: SP
Delmarva Shorebirds/Frederick Keys (12 G, 12 GS, 67.1 ip, 3.74 ERA, 55 K, 24 BB, 6 HR, 1.18 GO/AO)
Tim Bascom was drafted in the 6th round of the 2006 draft by the San Diego Padres, but a knee condition caused him to fail his physical. By that point, he had gone too far in the process and was declared ineligible to return to Central Florida University. The Orioles were happy to get him in the 4th round this year and he had a solid debut.
As Bascom told ITW "I have a four-seam fastball, which I throw at 91, 92 and I touched 96 down in the South Coast League. My two-seam fastball is a little less than that, probably 89, 88. Then, I have a knuckle-curveball, or a spike-curveball, some people call it, And that ranges anywhere from 78-84. That just depends on how I want to throw it and what hitter I'm facing in the lineup. I can vary speeds on that."
"I feel confident in all the pitches in any situation, any count, anytime in the game. Whatever I feel like throwing, I'll throw. I have a circle-change that I'll mix in there too."
His fastball was more commonly in the low-90's in his professional debut, but there's no doubt that he has a major-league arsenal. His knee injury doesn't appear to be an issue anymore and Joe Jordan had no reservations about targeting Bascom in the draft.
As an older draftee, Bascom is on the fast track. The spring will determine if he starts out back in high-A Frederick or double-A Bowie, but he could be knocking on Baltimore's door at some point in 2009. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter at this point.
Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via e-mail at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com