PP 2004 Scouting Report: RP, Elvys Quezada

The New York Yankees selected right handed pitcher Elvys Quezada in the 15th round (447th overall) out of Seton Hall University. In 2002, Quezada was drafted by the Mets but turned down the opportunity to play out his senior year at Seton Hall. This was considered a very wise decision by many scouts as Quezada was rapidly improving and quickly becoming one of the best pitchers in the Big East. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Vital Statistics:
Name: Elvys Quezada
Position: Pitcher
DOB: December 15, 1981
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Place of Residence: Washington Heights, New York How Acquired: Drafted out of Seton hall in the 15th round.
Other Info: In 1999, Quezada was an Academic All American in High School and played for the prestigious Baseball Academy summer team as well. At Seton Hall, Elvys Quezada was a physics major.

Overall, Quezada had a very strong career at Seton Hall and built himself a solid resume. Victimized by poor run support he did not rack up the win total that he truly earned. Quezada's 2001 season served as his coming out party after a fairly inactive 2000 campaign; he compiled a 3.55 ERA over 21.1 IP in relief appearances. He also struck out an impressive 19 batters. Things would only get better for him from this point on and he eventually earned a spot in the starting rotation halfway through the 2002 season pitching brilliantly in the final five 5 big east weekends shutting down top teams in relief and in the starting role as well.

Quezada added to an already impressive resume while playing in the Valley league for the Winchester Royals where he went 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA and struck out an overpowering 59 batters in only 52 IP which ranked him eighth in the league. That same season, while playing for Winchester he was named to the Nothern Division All-Star squad.

After this impressive season, Quezada turned down his chance to become apart of the Mets organization to play out his final season at Seton Hall. 2003 was an up and down year for Quezada in which he went 3-5 with a 5.43 ERA. However, he still proved himself to be a top flight pitcher for a less than outstanding Seton Hall team, still managing to lead the team in strikeouts while making 11 starts.

With his goal of college completion behind him, Elvys Quezada was drafted by his hometown New York Yankees in the 15th round of the 2003 Draft. Thereafter, Quezada was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees, making an immediate impact by posting a 3-0 record with a dominating 1.83 ERA and was named the NYPL Pitcher of the Week in the third week of July. His performance was even impressive enough to earn him a promotion to Battle Creek where the team was looking to bring in pitchers for a playoff run. There Quezada was even more spectacular going 2-0 with a microscopic 1.38 ERA to help Battle Creek to their playoff run.

Elvys Quezada ended the season on the DL with shoulder with shoulder problems but should be more than ready to go for the 2004 season with Battle Creek.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

Battle Creek

2-1

13

5

3

10

1.38

2003

Staten Island

3-1

39.1

23

20

39

1.83


* Stats as of 9/7/03

Repertoire. Fastball, Slider.

Fastball. Quezada possesses a fastball in the low to mid 90's with very good movement. Also, for a young man with very good stuff Quezada has very decent control.

Other Pitches. Slider. Coaches are working on getting Quezada to add another pitch to his repertoire and it could be vital in determining Quezada's status as a starter or a reliever as a big leaguer. He has a very hard, biting slider that he has good command of and it serves as his primary strikeout pitch. His slider speed is usually in the mid 80's range.

Pitching. Quezada is primarily a strikeout pitcher which is quite obvious when you look at his stats and when he is on, he can dominate a ballgame. For a young player, his control is decent and he gives up very few hits.

Projection. The jury is still out. He has performed very well in college and in the minors as a relief pitcher and as a starter as well. Despite the fact that he became primarily a starter in 2003, many scouts believe that Quezada has a much brighter future as a reliever.

ETA. 2007. In all likelihood, Quezada will spend the 2004 season at Battle Creek and if all goes well he will play out the 2005 season with Trenton. It is tough to tell right now but if Quezada stays on track he should be playing for Columbus in 2006 and could be ready to play for the big club in 2007.

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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