Twins Prospect #37: Daniel Osterbrock

The Minnesota Twins drafted Daniel Osterbrock in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, taking the young left-hander out of Cincinnati. After dominating at the short-season level in 2008, Osterbrock is slated for Beloit in 2009, and should anchor the pitching staff.

Name: Daniel Osterbrock
D.O.B. January 27, 1987
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Left
How Acquired: Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the seventh round of the 2008 June Draft

The Minnesota Twins selected Daniel Osterbrock in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, picking the tall left-hander out of the University of Cincinnati. Osterbrock pitched three seasons for the Bearcats, going 18-3 over his final two seasons in the Big East. He showed incredible command during his final season with Cincinnati, walking only ten batters in almost 100 innings of work.

He ended his career as the career leader in wins for the Bearcats, and

After being drafted by the Twins, Osterbrock signed early, and would become one of the key components to the Elizabethton championship run last summer. The big lefty won seven games for the Twins, finishing second in the league in that category. He displayed pinpoint control, making some to believe he has the best command in the system already, and struck out better than a batter per inning.

For the season, Osterbrock led the league in strikeouts (104), innings pitched (75), and was fifth in the organization with a 3.00 earned run average. He is slated to anchor the staff in Beloit next season. For his incredible season, Osterbrock was named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year, and also was the winning pitcher in the league's title game.

Repertoire: Fastball, Curveball, Slider, Changeup

Fastball: Osterbrock does not have overpowering stuff, but his strikeout ratio last season would not indicate that. Using a fastball that sits in the high-80s, Osterbrock is able to use pinpoint control to his advantage, which is tough to hit from the left side. He'll get it up to 91 on some occasions, but he is usually consistent with where his fastball sits.

Other Pitches: Osterbrock throws a curveball, slider, changeup mix to add to his fastball, and he throws all of them well. He changed his grip on his curveball to make it more effective, and his slider would be considered an average pitch. His changeup is his outpitch, and he has the uncanny ability to throw it in any count wherever he wants it. He has a good compliment of pitches, and if he can work on his slider a bit, will have one of the best four-pitch arsenals of any lefty in the organization.

Pitching: Osterbrock has a bulldog-type mentality, and he wants the ball every fifth day. He is the kind of pitcher who leaves it all out on the mound, and when he leaves the game, he usually has given his all to try and get his team a win. He is a great pitcher because he has tremendous confidence in all of his stuff, and he is able to use all of his pitches to his strength.

Projection: Based on his mentality, and his growing assortment of pitches, I definitely see Osterbrock staying in the starting pitching role with the organization. The Twins have some very good left-handed starting pitching prospects in their organization, and Osterbrock can be just as good or even better than any of them. I look for him to be in the starting rotation in Beloit next season, with a possible call up to Fort Myers late in the season.

ETA. 2011 Osterbrock has the college pedigree, and the experience needed to move fast within an organization, and he showed that he can compete at the professional level in 2008. If he continues to develop his other pitches, and shows that pinpoint accuracy, he could move quickly. He will get his first taste of full-season ball in 2009, and it will be interesting to see how he does in the Midwest League. The Twins have some solid pitchers in Fort Myers, so it may take a promotion of someone else to Double-A before he can get to Fort Myers. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on this year.

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