PP 2004 Scouting Report: RP, Scott Proctor

The New York Yankees traded for pitcher Scott Proctor in a deal that involved Robin Ventura being sent to Los Angeles on July 31, 2003. Proctor was drafted by Los Angeles in the 5th round (156th overall) out of Florida State in the 1998 Draft. Right out of college Proctor was highly touted by scouts as a future top flight big league relief pitcher. After a rough go of it in his first three seasons in the minors, Proctor has since settled in to do nothing to prove the praise of the scouts wrong.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Scott Proctor
Position: Pitcher
DOB: January 2, 1977
Height: 6'1"
Weight:198
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Scott Proctor was acquired on July 31st 2003 in a deal that involved Robin Ventura being sent to Los Angeles.

In his final season with Florida State in 1998, Proctor had a dominating season as a reliever. He posted a 3-1 record with a 3.49 ERA in 27 appearances, holding opposing batters to a .201 batting average. Proctor served as a dominating closer type by leading the team with 7 saves and striking out a phenomenal 45 batters in only 38 innings pitched.

Throughout his career in college and in the minor leagues, Proctor has always been known as a flame thrower. In many instances scouts have said that his fastball has reached upwards of 100MPH. However, after such an impressive stint with Florida State, Proctor struggled through his first three seasons in the Dodgers organization. His combined ERA for his first three seasons playing in Yakima and Vero beach was an inflated 7.72. Despite some very uncharacteristically bad seasons in ‘98,'99, and ‘00, Proctor continued to try to work out his flaws mostly stemming from his control problems. In 2001, Proctor had a breakout season and finally lived up to advanced billing that scouts had pinned on him during college. Proctor went 6-4 with a stellar 2.48 ERA in 90IP.

After his trade to the Yankee organization during the 2003 season Proctor's statistics went through the roof as he continued his rapid improvement. With the Clippers he posted a microscopic 1.42ERA and struck out an incredible 26 strikeouts in only 19IP. If not for the monstrous overhaul in a now very expensive New York Yankee bullpen we would probably be seeing Proctor with the big league club in 2004, but with some aging and fragile arms he still has a shot to play a part on a very big stage.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

Columbus

2-1

19

13

3

26

1.42

2003

Las Vegas

4-2

39.1

35

13

35

3.66

2003

Jacksonville

1-2

27

20

7

24

1.00

2002

Jacksonville

7-9

133.1

111

85

131

3.51

2001

Jacksonville

4-3

49.2

39

31

48

4.17

2001

Vero Beach

6-4

90.2

73

30

79

2.48

2000

Vero Beach

3-7

89

93

54

70

5.16

1999

Yakima

4-2

50

57

26

41

7.20

1998

Yakima

0-1

5

9

1

4

10.80


* Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire. Fastball, Changeup, Slider.

Fastball. As stated earlier, Proctor's reputation is based on his fastball. Scouts say that Proctor has hit 100MPH on several occasions but his average range is usually in the upper 90's. At times, Proctor has had severe control problems but those problems have subsided somewhat over the past couple of years.

Other Pitches. Proctor has two other pitches besides his fastball which are a slider and a changeup. His slider is his out pitch along with his fastball but his changeup is rarely used. Being a relief pitcher over most of his career, scouts believe that even if Proctor never fully develops his changeup as his third pitch he can still be very successful.

Pitching. Scott Proctor has the ability to completely dominate batters just with his dominating fastball and he can make batters look foolish with a devastating slider. The only real flaw that Proctor has at this point in his career is his sometimes absent command of the strike zone. All in all, his rapid improvement over the past three years has made him into a top relief pitching prospect.

Projection. Setup man, Closer. He is a natural relief pitcher with his dominating fastball. He could very easily slide right into any bullpen on any team as a very good setup reliever or even as a closer.

ETA. Most likely it will be 2005 but he could very well be in the mix somewhere for the big club in 2004 if injuries were to strike.

Notes. Scott Proctor has often been qualified as a late bloomer and scouts are hoping and truly believing that he can make an impact in the major leagues in the near future.

Relief Pitchers

2003 Team

Scott Proctor

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Sam Marsonek

AAA - Columbus Clippers

David Shepard

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Adam Roller AA - Trenton Thunder
Rik Currier AA - Trenton Thunder
Charlies Isaacson AA - Trenton Thunder
Francisco Villegas AA - Trenton Thunder
Matt Brumit A - Battle Creek Yankees
Jason Stephens R - Gulf Coast Yankees
Tyler Clippard R - Gulf Coast Yankees


COMMENTS


As of right now, it seems that the Yankee organization is much more interested in instant satisfaction especially when it comes to their bullpen in which they have spent top dollar to improve upon this past winter. Rather than try to develop the next Mariano Rivera, (the only Yankee reliever that came from the farm system) they have consistently gone out and have benefited from the free agent, trade and foreign markets. However, with older and more fragile pitchers in the pen, the Yankees may be looking for their young guns in the farm system to step up and play major roles in the next few years.

1. Scott Proctor- Had an impressive minor league career in the Dodger organization and didn't miss a beat after he was acquired by the Yankees. He possesses a 100 mile per hour fastball and has tremendous strikeout potential as he proved in his 2003 stats. In his time with Columbus in 2003, Proctor posted a 1.42 and struck out an incredible 26 batters in only 19 IP (just with Yankees). Has electric stuff and could be a very good big league reliever in the near future.

2. Sam Marsonek- Marsonek took over the full time closers job in Columbus last year and did an adequate job by racking up a total of 18 saves and posting a 4.84 ERA. He struggled at some points with control and consistency but certainly has a lot of potential.

3. David Shepard- It may be getting a little late for David Shepard, considering the fact that is already 30 years old and 2003 was his first good season in the Yankee organization. However, don't give up on him quite yet, he could still be an effective reliever in the majors if he continues to pitch well in the minors.

4. Adam Roller- The 25 year old righty has collected 47 minor league saves in his 7 seasons in the minor leagues. In his best season in 2001, he compiled 23 saves while posting a 1.20 ERA. He may be sleeper in the organization and could be a guy to watch in the very near future.

5. Rik Currier- Since his college years, the Yankee organization has more or less converted him to a full time reliever. He has a deep repertoire for a reliever which also adds to his effectiveness. In college he was #2 in the USC rotation to star Cubs pitcher Mark Prior and at the time scouts considered that his skills were comparable to Prior's. Their paths ended up being very different but there is no doubt that Currier certainly has all the potential in the world.

6. Charlie Isaacson- Has shown himself to be a very solid and consistent relief pitcher at a every level that he has pitched on, which includes pitching in Battle Creek, Tampa, and Trenton all in the same season. He may have a very nice future ahead of him as a major league pitcher if all continues as it has been in his career.

7. Francisco Villegas- he is a very good strikeout pitcher that has pitched as a setup man throughout his minor league career. Despite this, scouts believe that he could also make a very solid closer with the excellent fastball that he has.

8. Matt Brumit- Brumit has become the full time closer at every level he has played at in the organization and has done a fantastic job at it. In his 2 seasons in the organization he has compiled an outstanding total of 46 saves.

9. Jason Stephens- Had a rough go of it in his first year n the organization, posting a 4.55 ERA and going 0-2. On the other hand, he is still thought of as one of the top relief pitching prospects in the organization.

10. Tyler Clippard- Was the Yankees 9th round pick in the 2003 Draft. He had a very solid season in the Gulf Coast, compiling an impressive 2.89 ERA with an outstanding 56 strikeouts in only 43.2 IP while only walking 5. Clippard thrived as a relief pitcher and impressed many, but despite his endless potential he still needs a lot of work before he is a major league ready.

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