Rangers Prospect #20: Daniel Haigwood

The Rangers acquired 23-year-old left-hander Daniel Haigwood in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies in June of 2006. Haigwood posted a 3.63 ERA in 12 starts for Double-A Frisco. Rangers Insider offers an in-depth look at the lefty prospect.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Daniel Haigwood
Position: Starting Pitcher
DOB: November 19, 1983
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Left

The first five years of 23-year-old Daniel Haigwood's professional career have been eventful to say the least. Drafted in the 16th round of the 2002 amateur draft, Haigwood reported to the Rookie League Arizona White Sox and dominated from the outset, posting a 2.24 ERA in 14 starts.

The southpaw, who had quickly become one of the most highly regarded pitchers in the White Sox organization, suffered a torn ACL that caused him to miss the entire 2003 season.

Haigwood slowly worked his way back in 2004 and returned to full strength the following year, when he capped off an outstanding 2005 by going 6-1 with a 1.74 earned run average in 11 starts for Double-A Birmingham.

Having cemented himself as a legitimate prospect, the native of Arkansas was traded with outfielder Aaron Rowand to the Philadelphia Phillies for slugging first baseman Jim Thome. Though he wasn't quite as dominant with Double-A Reading in 2006, Haigwood put up a 3.54 ERA and struck out more than a batter per inning.

Near the midway point in the 2006 campaign, the Rangers acquired Haigwood in a trade for LHP Fabio Castro. Haigwood was sent to Double-A Frisco, where he posted a 3.63 earned run average in 12 starts. The lefty, who had earned a reputation for working out of the toughest of jams, allowed more baserunners than he had at any previous Minor League stop.

Repertoire: Fastball, Changeup, Curveball, Slider.

Haigwood has an average fastball that sits in the upper-80's and tops out at around 90 MPH. His fastball often appears harder when it is setup by his change, which is the lefty's best pitch. Haigwood also works with an above-average curveball and a passable slider.

Projection: With his excellent knowledge of pitching and average stuff, Haigwood profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter. However, to achieve that status, Haigwood must learn to command his stuff better. The lefty has been tough to hit throughout his Minor League career, but walks have often put him in trouble, especially since he joined the Rangers organization last summer.

2007 Outlook: Look for Haigwood to start the 2007 season in the rotation at Double-A Frisco. Because he pitched half of 2005 and all of 2006 at the Double-A level, Haigwood could be one of the first to get a promotion to Triple-A. But at just 23 years of age, he is still young and the Rangers should not feel a need to rush him.

ETA: Late-2008.

Year Team W-L IP H BB SO ERA
2002 AZ White Sox (RK) 8-4 75.0 69 26 74 2.28
2004 Kannapolis (A) 10-4 113.1 97 56 99 4.76
2005 Winston-Salem (A+) 8-2 76.1 79 33 84 3.77
Birmingham (AA) 6-1 67.1 39 31 76 1.74
2006 Reading (AA) 2-5 84.0 72 42 85 3.54
Frisco (AA) 1-2 62.0 66 44 57 3.63

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