Rookie Gulf Coast Yankees Pitching Prospect Review

The Gulf Coast Yankees did not have a great season, finishing 5 games under .500 (26-31), but had some major Yankee prospects play for them. We will look at the peripherals stats of these futures stars, and some that disappointed in 2003. The pitching was solid for the Gulf Coast Yankees at times, with a lot of call-ups mid-season there was little continuity on the pitching staff. We will look at the guys who played a majority of the season with Gulf Coast, and how their peripherals turned out.

Tyler Clippard - RHP

Clippard led the Gulf Coast Yankees in innings pitched with 43.2. He had a solid H/IP ratio (33/43.2), but posted an amazing K/BB ratio of (56/3). Showing dominating type control he walked only 5, while yielding only 3 home runs in over 43 innings of work. Clippard may be heading to AA Trenton for the 2004 season but here is a look at his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

2.89

43.2

0.87

1.04

11.66

0.62



Richard Cowan - RHP

Cowan split time between the bullpen and the starting rotation in 2003 for Gulf Coast. His numbers were not that good, and should see another season at the A level. In 13 appearances his ERA was a lofty (5.71), while yielding more hits then innings pitched (19/17). He did keep the ball in the park not allowing any homeruns, and his control was good, walking only 7 in 17.1 innings. Cowan did strikeout 11 men, but hopes he can lower the amount of earned runs he gave up (11), in only 17.1 innings. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

5.71

17.1

1.52

3.68

5.78

0.00



Juan Cruz - RHP

Cruz had a great 2003 season, posting the lowest ERA on the team (1.23). His H/IP was an amazing (9/22), and gave up no homeruns all season. His K/BB ratio was also impressive, (27/11), allowing only 3 earned runs in 22 innings of work. His most eye-popping stat was his K/9, which was an amazing 11. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

1.23

22.0

0.90

4.50

11.0

0.00



Abel Gomez - LHP

Abel Gomez had a great season for the Gulf Coast Yankees, posting outstanding numbers. His ERA was a low (2.63) while his H/IP was a strong (19/37.2). He allowed only one home homerun all season, while walking 26. He did give up more walks then hits in 2003, but had an impressive K/BB ratio (43/26). His K/9 was 10.4, and with the shortage of lefty pitching in the Yankee organization, close watch will be kept on Gomez in 2004. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

2.63

37.2

1.20

6.29

10.4

0.24



Eric Hacker - RHP

Hacker was another player who did not pitch the entire season for the Gulf Coast Yankees, but was a major contributor, in 2003. His ERA was (2.86), and he gave up less hit then innings pitched (25/28.1). He struck out 26 in his 28.1 innings of work, while only allowing 1 homerun. His Record with the Gulf Coast Yankees was (3-2), allowing only 9 earned runs in 28.1 innings of work. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

2.86

28.1

1.13

2.24

8.32

0.32



Mike Knox - RHP

Knox was sent to A Staten Island at the end of the 2003 season, and his impressive Gulf Coast numbers show why. His ERA was an impressive (1.48), allowing only 13 hits in 24.1 innings pitched. His K/BB ratio was also impressive (16/7), and did not yield a homerun all season. In 24.1 inning he only gave up 6 earned runs. Here are his peripherals for his 2003 Gulf Coast season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

1.48

24.1

0.82

2.61

5.97

0.00



Toni Lara - LHP

Lara had a strong season for the Gulf Coast Yankees, posting a solid ERA (3.57) while pitching over 40 innings. His only pedestrian stat was his H/IP (45/40.1), but the rest of his numbers were impressive. His K/BB ratio was good (42/24), while only allowing 3 homeruns all year. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

3.57

40.1

1.67

0.22

9.42

0.67



Jason Stephens - RHP

Stephens had a decent year despite a high ERA (4.55). Pitching as both a starter and reliever, he gave up more hits the innings pitched, but struck out 25 in 31.2 innings of work. His H/IP was not good, (42/31.2), but was able to keep the ball in the yard allowing only one homerun. Here are his 2003 peripherals:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

4.55

31.2

1.63

2.59

7.21

2.59



Edgar Soto - LHP

Soto is another young lefty the Yankees will look closely at in 2004. He ended the season with a (3.31) ERA, while striking out 40. He did a great job keeping the ball in the yard, yielding only 3 homeruns all season, while walking only 13. He had a very impressive K/BB ration of (40/13), which should put him at AA in the upcoming 2004 season. One of his more impressive stats was his K/9, which was a solid 10.2. Here are his peripherals for 2003:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

3.31

35.1

1.36

3.33

10.2

0.76



Guillermo Villalona - RHP

Villalona's record of (1-2), doesn't tell the story of his 2003 season. His ERA was a solid (3.94) giving up only 13 earned runs in over 29 innings. In his 8 games he gave up only one home run, while walking 9. Villalona gave up more hits than innings pitched, but it did not translate to many runs being scored. Here are his peripherals for 2003:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

R

Gulf Coast

3.94

29.2

1.50

2.77

6.16

0.30



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