PP Scouting Report: SP, Danny Borrell

The New York Yankees selected left-hander Danny Borrell, out of Wake Forest University, in the second round of the 2000 draft. The twenty-four-year-old pitched well while with Columbus in 2003, starting ten games and finishing 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 55.1 IP. Yet, he was forced to undergo season-ending surgery after doctors found a torn ligament in his left shoulder in the beginning of June.

Currently, it's unclear how Borrell will fit into the Yankees plans in 2004. Based upon how he recovers from surgery and what the organization does with their rotation (Roger Clemens is expected to retire, David Wells' option was not picked up, and Andy Pettitte is a free agent), many possibilities exist.

The 2000 second round pick has good repertoire (low 90s FB, CU, CB). His changeup is by far his best weapon and he relies on pin-point accuracy in order to be extremely effective. He was the organization's minor-league co-pitcher on the year in 2002.

Has moved quickly, earning a promotion to Norwich in 2002 after going 4-1 with 2.33 ERA in the FSL. He finished the season in startling fashion, going 9-4 with the Navigators and also sported a 2.31 ERA, which led Eastern League. Consistent with numbers in both leagues, but saw K/9 drop from 10.24 to 6.38 after promotion. In 2003, he had 30 KO in 55.1 IP and surrendered just 4 HR.

He is extremely athletic, after dividing his college career at Wake Forest between both hitting and pitching. Following the trade of Brandon Claussen to Cincinnati, Borrell is now the top-ranked left-handed starter in the Yankees system if he can come back successfully from surgery.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

Columbus

4-2

55.1

55

22

30

2.93

2002

Norwich

9-4

128

116

39

91

2.31

2002

Tampa

4-1

39

33

10

44

2.33

2001

Tampa

7-9

111

109

38

84

3.97

2000

Staten Island

4-2

56

39

19

44

3.20

2000

GCL Yankees

0-1

3

2

0

2

0.00


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire: Fastball (FB), changeup (CU), and curveball (CB).

Fastball. Borrell's FB ranges between 89-92 mph, but has shown he can get it up as high as 95 mph when need.

Other Pitches. He currently uses his changeup as his out pitch and has displayed solid improvement on the rotation of his curveball over the past few seasons.

Pitching. Borrell won't over power you and relies on hitting his spots. When he does that, he's very hard to beat. He must continue to build up his stamina following surgery, which will be imperative if he intends to be a starter on the big league level.

Projection. Borrell should turn out to be an extremely solid #2 or #3 starter. If he can improve his curveball, he has the potential to reach ace material, but that also depends on his rehab process.

ETA. 2004, date depends on what organization does with starting rotation in off-season and the health of Borrell.

Starting Pitchers Team
Jorge De Paula AAA - Columbus Clippers
Alex Graman AAA - Columbus Clippers
Christian Parker AAA - Columbus Clippers
Eric Schmitt AAA - Columbus Clippers
Andy Beal AA - Trenton Thunder
Eddie Candelario AA - Trenton Thunder
Brad Halsey AA - Trenton Thunder
Javier Ortiz AA - Trenton Thunder
Edison Reynoso AA - Trenton Thunder
Chien-Ming Wang AA - Trenton Thunder
Sean Henn A - Tampa Yankees
Dave Martinez A - Tampa Yankees
Mark Phillips A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Garcia A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Valdez A - Tampa Yankees
Ray Clark A - Battle Creek Yankees
Jon Skaggs A - Battle Creek Yankees
Matthew DeSalvo A - Battle Creek Yankees
Brandon Harmsen A - Staten Island Yankees
Jeffrey Karstens A - Staten Island Yankees
Chase Wright A - Staten Island Yankees
Abel Gomez R - GCL Yankees
Tyler Clippard R - GCL Yankees
Toni Lara R - GCL Yankees
Edgar Soto R - GCL Yankees
Guilermo Villalona R - GCL Yankees


COMMENTS


1. Danny Borrell - Faces the comeback trail after undergoing season-ending surgery on a torn ligament in his left shoulder in the beginning of June. Relies on control.

2. Sean Henn - Been a long road back following Tommy John surgery that knocked him out for all of 2002 season. 16 starts last season, sporting a 3.61 ERA.

3. Chien-Ming Wang - Possesses a great repertoire (FB 90-94 mph, SPL, SL, CU). Health still a concern after missing 2001 with shoulder surgery. Led Staten Island to 2002 NY Penn League title.

4. Alex Graman - Still needs work on command of the strike zone. Varies speeds well between four seam and two seam fastball. Also has a splitter, his best weapon, a slider, and a changeup.

5. Javier Ortiz - Has history of knee and back ailments. Features a FB that rides in the 90-94 range and he will occasionally drop down to a 3/4 arm angle and throw it at 90-92. Tossed a system high 177 innings between SAL and FSL in 2002.

6. Jose Valdez - Unorthodox pitching delivery, but throws between 95-97 mph consistently. Could rocket through the system. Is something special.

7. David Martinez - Rocky 2003, going 5-4 with a 4.79 ERA in 56.1 innings. Can be very wild at times, had 16 wild pitches last season.

8. Andy Beal - Excellent control, just 20 BB in 74.1 IP while with Trenton in 2003. Went 6-0, allowing just 4 HR while striking out 64.

9. Chase Wright - Started fourteen games for Staten Island in 2003, allowed 82 H in 81.0 IP. Has strike out ability and solid control.

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