Phillies Prospect #63: Brian Schlitter

Brian Schlitter made some adjustments and still has some to make to adjust to pitching in the pros. When he settles in though, Schlitter could be quite a worthy opponent for opposing hitters.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 16th round of the 2007 Draft.

B: T:  R /  Height: 6' 5"  /  Weight: 230 lbs. / Birthdate: 12-21-1985

2007 Team/League: Williamsport (1 game), Lakewood (16 games)

Games/Games Started in 2007:  17 G / 0 GS

School: College of Charleston

Brian Schlitter could have headed back to the College of Charleston and hoped to better his lot in the 2008 Draft, but decided instead to turn pro and see how things would work out. If his first season is any indication, the tall, strongly built right-hander looks to have made the right decision. Schlitter handled both pitching in relief and as a starter well while at Charleston and seemed accustomed to working out of jams, whether he was the one who created the jam or if he inherited the mess from someone else. There is still a lot for Schlitter to learn, but he showed some great promise last season and just a few negatives that will need correcting for him to continue to open eyes in the organization as he looks to climb through the system.

Repertoire: Schlitter came to the Phillies with a good, solid fastball that he established in college. The Phillies did a little work with him mechanics and arm slot, especially on his slider and the pitch showed a lot of promise and could potentially be an "out" pitch for him before too long. His other pitches don't show the promise of his fastball and slider, but if he can develop at least an average curve or change-up, Schlitter will have all the weapons he'll need to develop.

Pitching Style: Schlitter has a reliever's philosophy and isn't afraid to go right after hitters. Nothing much fazes him and tough times seem to just fuel the fire in him a little more. He generally relies on his command to use good location to get hitters out and keeps the ball down in the zone. He'll have to get a little fancier and pick up some movement on his pitches if he's going to continue to climb the ladder successfully, but that should all come in time. Ironically, while Schlitter was strong in tough situations in college, he stumbled in those spots as a pro, but that's certainly not unheard of. After all, it truly is a different game in the pros and Schlitter needs some work to pitch with the type of ability that he showed at Charleston, where he saw hitters who weren't as prepared as many that he faces last summer.

Projection: The Phillies will start Schlitter at Lakewood in 2008 and it's possible that he could spend the entire season there. It's most likely that they'll keep him in the bullpen, unless he can develop some secondary pitches that will help him pitching as a starter. Otherwise, he won't have enough weapons to work as a starter at higher levels of the minor league system. It's very possible that as he continues to develop, Schlitter will work toward the title of "Phillies closer of the future".

Brian Schlitter's career stats

2007 Williamsport 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1.00
2007 Lakewood 0 1 3.80 16 0 3 23.2 27 13 10 2 6 21 1.39
Minor League Totals - 1 Season(s) 0 1 3.57 17 0 4 25.2 29 13 10 2 6 22 1.39

Stats courtesy of The Baseball Cube.


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