Prospect Profile: Nate Bumstead

After a very strong college career - Nate Bumstead was hoping to make an impact at the professional level. However, many scouts didn't view him having loads of potential, seeing his mid 80's fastball as a sure sign he wouldn't be able to make it down the road. Well, only a year into his pro campaign, Bumstead is trying to prove those doubters wrong.

Nate Bumstead
Position: Right Handed PitcherHeight: 6-2 Weight: 215
Born: 5/5/1982 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Background
A late round choice of the Tigers in the 2004 First Year Player Draft, Bumstead was a workhorse for Louisiana State during his tenure at the university. During his final two seasons with the Tigers, Bumstead posted 10 and 11 wins as one component of a deep LSU staff. After extended success at the collegiate level, and in spite of some struggles during the College World Series, the Tigers still saw fit to pick Bumstead and stick him in the Oneonta rotation. While at Oneonta, Bumstead led the O-Tigers in strikeouts while posting a 3-1 record and a 2.03 ERA in 9 starts. Bumstead pitched so well down the stretch that the Tigers felt it necessary to promote him to West Michigan for their championship drive, where he again pitched well.

Scouting Report
Bumstead doesn't possess an overpowering arsenal, but he is blessed with so much movement on his pitches that it borders on freakish. With a fastball that sits in the mid-80s, occasionally reaching 87-88 mph, Bumstead relies on above average command and good sinking action on his fastball. Combined with plus breaking pitches and an average change, Nate manages to get hitters out at rates unexpected by the casual observer. With solid control of all his pitches, Bumstead can locate the ball in virtually any location, forcing hitters to be aggressive against him. On top of exceptional movement and good control, Bumstead is knowledgeable about how to pitch, and consistently tries to out-think the batter. Nate feasted on inexperienced hitters in the New York-Penn League, and will face greater challenges as he move up to face more advanced hitters. Overall, Bumstead has an arsenal many pitchers would die for, and one that makes scouts drool over what could be. The only thing lacking, is the velocity, something that is likely never to come for Nate.

Performance

Year

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

WHIP

2004

Oneonta

3-1

2.03

11

9

0

75

15

57.0

1.08


Health Record
Bumstead has not experienced any major injuries so far in his career.

The Future
Nate will likely begin the 2005 season with the defending Midwest League Champion Whitecaps, as one of the cogs in what should be another solid rotation. Bumstead could move quickly through both low and high-A ball, continuing to dominate raw hitters. It is probably that this trend will continue until Nate reaches AA-Erie where he could see a dip in his success. As long as Bumstead maintains his control and doesn't see a decrease in the movement on his pitches, he could be a successful pitcher, despite the odds that are typically stacked against softer tossing righties. Look for Bumstead to impress and continue to garner attention through 2005, and don't be surprised if the organization decides to fast track this experienced youngster in an effort to challenge him. With continued success early in the season, he could see Erie late in 2005.


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