Prospect Profile: Andy Barb

The Phillies knew they wanted Andy Barb in their organization, but they weren't sure why. Whether they would use him as a catching prospect or a pitching prospect was completely up in the air, but the decision was made to move him to the mound. When Barb finally signed with the Phillies almost a year after the draft, his professional career got underway and the Phillies believe that they may have a good young pitcher coming along.

There were a lot of question marks surrounding Andy Barb. The Phillies knew he would be a tough sign, so they waited until the 40th round of the 2003 Draft to take Barb. Then, they had to sit back and watch as he attended Everett (WA) Community College and finally signed on the dotted line in May of 2004. By then, the Phillies saw that Barb's future was on the mound and scrapped all plans of putting him behind the plate.

The fact that Barb posted a 0.88 ERA with three saves and 28 strikeouts in 16 innings at Everett CC might have helped their decision. The fact that he only hit .238 that season likely sealed the deal.

The Phillies shuffled Barb between the starting rotation and the bullpen in his inaugural pro season with the Gulf Coast League Phillies. He was effective in both spots and his ultimate future still hasn't been decided, but it's likely that he'll work out of the bullpen.

Year

Team

W

L

SV

ERA

G

GS

CG

IP

H

R

ER

BB

KO

HR

2004

GCL

2

2

0

2.57

15

4

0

35.0

29

12

10

7

56

4

Career

 

2

2

0

2.57

15

4

0

35.0

29

12

10

7

56

4



Pitching: Barb throws in the mid-80s and uses his location to keep hitters off stride. He mixes his pitches well and has above average control.

Projection: Andy Barb doesn't have a lot of innings on his arm and the Phillies might toy with the idea of using him as a starter. It's more likely that he'll wind up in the bullpen as a setup type reliever. He has excellent control, keeps the ball down in the strike zone and is a strikeout pitcher who could flourish in a setup role. Some scouts think he could develop into a closer. Barb will need a strong spring to win a spot on a full-season squad at Lakewood.

ETA: 2010. As he starts to develop a little more and learns more of the art of pitching, he'll start to move a little faster. He's still young (20) and the Phillies don't need to rush him.

Comparison: Some scouts believe that Barb compares favorably to Danny Graves of Cincinnati.


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