PP 2004 Scouting Report: RP, Matt Brumit

The New York Yankees selected right handed pitcher Matt Brumit in the 44th round (1,323rd overall) of the 2002 Amateur Draft out of Youngstown State University. Brumit was a top performer at the University. The Yankees have high hopes for this young pitcher and they have already tabbed him as a reliever and believe that he could be in their bullpen sometime down the road. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Vital Statistics;
Name: Matt Brumit
Position: Pitcher
DOB: October 28, 1979
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Place of Residence: Tallmadge, Ohio
How Acquired: Matt Brumit was selected by the New York Yankees in the 44th round (1,323rd overall) of the 2002 Amateur Draft.

Despite his late round draft, the Yankees think that they have found a diamond in the rough and may have a future star reliever on their hands that could eventually become a factor in the Major leagues. Matt Brumit was not the type of player that had an incredible college career and was forced to live up to monstrous expectations. No, Brumit was not this type of player and in a way it helped him develop into a better pitcher than anyone ever expected.

Matt Brumit was not that type of player that had an incredible college career and was forced to live up to monstrous expectations. No, Brumit was not this type of player and in a way it helped him develop into a better pitcher than anyone ever expected.

Brumit had a solid college career, but it was certainly not a career that received rave reviews from scouts or coaches. He went 4-5 in his last year in college posting a 4.20 ERA. However, he did put up a very impressive strikeout total, by striking out 60 batters in exactly 60 innings pitched. On the other hand, Brumit had sometimes very erratic control, throwing 6 wild pitches in his final season at Youngstown State University. So all in all, Brumit did not have a great college career or a terrible one either so.

The Yankees assigned Brumit to their single A affiliate in Staten Island for the 2002 season and were hoping that even though he was primarily a starting pitcher in college, that he would be able to flourish as relief pitcher in the organization. Little did they know, that not only would Brumit become a good reliever but would become a star in the closers role for the team. He put together a fine season for the Baby Bombers and took a strangle hold on the closers role while slowly becoming possibly the best closer in the New York Penn League. For the season, he converted 22 of 24 save opportunities while posting a spectacular 2.21 ERA. Brumit also led the league in appearances with 33. After the season, he was awarded the well deserved honor of being named the Rolaids Relief man of the New York Penn League.

The next season, Brumit received a well deserved promotion to Tampa. However, for the first time in his Yankee career, Brumit struggled and seemed a bit out of his league so on April 29th he was sent back to Battle Creek where coaches and scouts say that he should have been put in the first place. In Battle Creek, he returned to true form and solidified the closers role at yet another level. There, he went 5-3 with 24 saves (led Yankee farm system) with a 2.47 ERA in 43 appearances.

Despite the fact that when Brumit came into the Yankee organization he did not have very high expectations pinned on him, he has become possibly one of the best relief pitching prospects in the farm system.











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*Stats as of 9/7/03

Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball.

Fastball. Brumit has a power fastball that is in the mid 90's. He uses the high fastball many times as a strikeout pitch and it has become a very effective weapon for him.

Other Pitches. Matt Brumit uses his fastball a lot and may need to work on his off speed breaking pitches a little more in order for him to ever be an effective big league reliever. He does have a decent curveball but scouts say he may want to deepen his repertoire just a little bit because on the Major League level, anyone can hit a power fastball unless it is complimented with another good pitch.

Pitching. He is known mostly for his intimidating presence on the mound and he uses this attribute to his advantage more often than not while pitching in the closers role. Brumit is a power pitcher that relies on the strikeout but scouts say that as he matures he will learn to become a more well rounded pitcher.

Projection. Without a doubt, Matt Brumit's future is as a relief pitcher and in all likelihood he will be a closer or a setup man.

ETA. 2006. In all probability, Brumit will spend this coming season with either Tampa or Trenton and then he will likely play in Columbus in 2005. Then if there are no career setbacks, he could be pitching for the big club in 2006.

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


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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