Phillies Prospect #18: Eude Brito

Eude Brito's spring is off to a late start thanks to injuries that he sustained in a car accident. Just how much will the injury hurt Brito's chances of making the big league club?

Eude Brito hasn't found himself settled into any sort of permanent role with the Phillies. Instead, he's shifted back and forth between Triple-A and Philadelphia, filling in wherever he was needed. It's a role that Brito has done well in, but he would like to have a job to call his own. In 2005, most of Brito's work came as a starter, but last season, he was most helpful to the Phillies in a relief role.

This season isn't starting well for Brito. He was involved in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic in December and is still feeling the effects of the injuries that he suffered. Pain in his back and neck have kept him from throwing off the mound this spring and there is no definite timetable for when he'll take the mound. That setback could make it almost impossible for Brito to make the staff out of camp and again have him shuttling back and forth between Triple-A and Philadelphia.

Eude Brito's career stats

YEAR / TEAM W L ERA SV G GS IP H R ER HR BB KO
'99 GCL 0 1 5.02 0 12 3 28.2 39 22 16 0 19 23
'00 GCL 3 5 2.54 0 9 7 49.2 38 20 14 1 19 42
'00 Batavia 1 1 5.40 0 4 3 18.1 16 14 11 0 3 11
'01 Lakewood 4 3 2.73 6 44 0 69.1 53 28 21 7 14 58
'02 Lakewood 1 1 2.55 1 11 0 17.2 14 5 5 1 6 11
'02 Clearwater 3 3 5.71 0 20 0 34.2 40 22 22 5 14 27
'03 Clearwater 4 3 3.09 6 36 0 58.1 50 21 20 3 27 54
'04 Reading 8 6 4.42 4 43 7 97.2 95 56 48 10 42 84
'05 Scranton 6 2 4.85 0 28 15 98.1 97 59 53 13 39 76
'05 Phillies 1 2 3.68 0 6 5 22.0 20 9 9 2 11 15
'06 Scranton 10 8 3.17 1 26 23 147.2 116 60 52 11 55 103
'06 Phillies 1 2 7.36 0 5 2 18.1 21 15 15 2 12 9
MLB Totals 2 4 5.36 0 11 7 40.1 41 24 24 4 23 24
Minor League Totals 40 33 3.80 18 233 58 620.1 558 307 262 51 238 489

Acquired: Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in July, 1998.

Repertoire: Brito has been able to get through life without having any dominant pitches. The key to his success is that he throws a fastball, slider, curve and change-up and they're all at least average to above average pitches. He mixes his pitches well and throws a lot of strikes, which has been a key to his success.

Pitching: When he keeps the ball down in the zone, Brito is highly effective. In 2005, Brito allowed 1.12 home runs per nine innings and lowered that to 0.7 home runs per nine innings of work last season. Generally, he's a poised pitcher who has been effective as both a starter and reliever, but started his career in the bullpen. His future in the majors would seem to be pitching out of the bullpen, especially if he stays with the Phillies. There is some doubt about how he would hold up over a long season as a starter.

Projection: Brito will likely start the year in cold Ottawa, Canada as a member of the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx. His pre-camp injury has put him well behind the other pitchers in camp and he was going to have to fight for a job no matter what. It will be another season of shuttling back and forth for Brito unless he becomes part of a trade package for another club. Long-term, he should have a decent career as a major league reliever and possibly as a starter if he were to wind up with a different organization and have the opportunity to make the starting rotation.

 


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