Prospect Profile: Anthony Claggett

Finally, TigsTown profiles the third member of the trio that was shipped off to the Yankees in exchange for Gary Sheffield. Could Anthony Claggett come back to bite the Tigers?

Anthony Claggett
Position: Right Handed Pitcher Height: 6-2 Weight: 185
Born: 7/15/1984 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Background
Claggett joined the Tigers as an 11th round choice in the 2005 draft, and immediately displayed his ability to get hitters out in many ways. Anthony spent his first two seasons at UC-Riverside working exclusively as a position player before he split time on the mound as a junior. Claggett's strong arm and struggles at the plate, led to the move, and it appears to be paying off.

After a solid debut in the New York-Penn League, he moved on to pitch for West Michigan of the Midwest League, where he was absolutely dominant in 2006. Anthony finished the season with an ERA and WHIP both below 1.00, and ranked 5th in the Midwest League in appearances (51), and tied for 8th in saves (14). For his efforts, Claggett took home TigsTown.com's West Michigan Pitcher of the Month Award in June, and the Whitecaps Pitcher of the Year Award as well. The Tigers front office rewarded Anthony with a one-game promotion to Toledo in July, where he tossed a scoreless inning of relief in emergency duty.

Scouting Report
Claggett is a below average athlete, who overcomes his physical deficiencies with effort and determination. He has an average fastball that can touch 93-94 on occasion. His fastball lacks significant movement, but he has been working to sink the ball, hoping to induce more groundballs to go with his solid strikeout rates. His slider is a plus pitch, and with improved command, could become a plus-plus pitch. He has toyed with adding a third pitch to his arsenal, but none have clicked at this juncture.

Because his fastball lacks movement, he must pitch off his outstanding slider, and would benefit significantly from a third pitch; aiding him in keeping hitters off balance. Claggett keeps his pitches down well, and has only given up one home run in 83 professional innings. Despite his inexperience on the mound, Anthony grasps pitching concepts well, and fields his position with aplomb. He should continue to improve his command and approach with more innings. His makeup is a plus attribute, and could keep him in high leverage situations as he climbs the minor league ladder.

Performance

Level

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

WHIP

A

West Mich.

7-2

0.91

51

0

14

58

20

59.1

0.93

AAA

Toledo

0-0

0.00

1

0

0

2

1

1.0

2.00


Health Record
Claggett has been free of significant injury so far in his professional career.

The Future
Prior to his trade to the Yankees, Claggett was poised to take on High-A Lakeland in 2007, and will likely head to the same league anyway, playing for Tampa. Yankee fans are right to have high expectations after his exceptional display in 2006, but they should carry some caution with them, due to his inexperience and lack of a second truly good offering. In the end, Claggett profiles as more of a solid reliever, with the potential to fill some high leverage innings on the right team. His biggest test will come at AA, when more advanced hitters start laying off his slider, and waiting for a fastball that is quite hittable.

You can contact Mark Anderson at mark@tigstown.com


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