Prospect scouting report: Benjamin Krosschell

Benjamin Krosschell, an 18 year old hurler out of Highlands Ranch high school was picked up by the Padres in the 16th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Krosschell, a right-hander, spent the year with Peoria, in the Arizona Rookie League.

The former Falcon pitched in 14 games for Peoria with 11 starts. He went 1-3 on the year with two of his losses the direct results of miscues. In those two starts he allowed just two earned runs but eight runs crossed the plate.

Despite the three losses, Benjamin Krosschell managed to keep his ERA in check at 2.42. He never had an ERA above 3.49 during the year.

Krosschell led the team in starts and was second in innings pitched. His last few games were gems. He allowed one earned run over his last 17 innings of work. In five of his 11 starts, Krosschell worked four innings or more and did not allow an earned run.

While he is young, turning 19 in August, it was a wonder why he wasn't moved up to Eugene. Krosschell had solid numbers across the board and was getting beat by poor defense. It might have been a boost for the young man's confidence to get time in Eugene.

We asked Tye Waller, the Padres' Director of Player Development, the same question.

"We really didn't need that much pitching out there," Waller said. "He was a guy who was a little tender at the end of the year."

At 19, there is no need to risk further injury to a pitcher who logged 48.1 innings. With youth on his side, there is no need to rush Krosschell.

"He is going to come into Instructional League and we didn't want to risk it at that time having an injury that would keep him out of Instructional League," Waller agreed.

Krosschell is still fitting into his frame. The team would like to see him fill out this offseason under their watchful eye and after monitoring they may or may not decide to work with his mechanics to gain better control.

While he did strike out 40, he also walked 19 – including five in one game. He had four separate games where he walked three or more and led the team with seven wild pitches.

The opposition hit .244 off Krosschell, solid numbers for a player just out of high school.

The thinking is if they can refine his delivery and get him to throw more strikes with his fastball/slider combo they could have a pitcher with significant upside.

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