PP Scouting Report: RHP Tyler Clippard

The Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard in the 9th round of the 2003 Amateur Draft. Clippard passed up a chance at a scholarship to the University of South Florida in order to turn pro. Even at a very young age, Clippard already is making a strong impact in the New York Yankees system. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Vital Statistics:
Name: Tyler Clippard
Position: Pitcher
DOB: February 14, 1985
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Place of Residence: Trinity, Florida
How Acquired: Tyler Clippard was drafted in the 9th round (274th overall) of the 2003 Amateur Draft.

Scouts say that the nineteen-year old has very good potential as a reliever and could eventually be an impact player at the Major League level.

Tyler Clippard compiled a very fine high school career at little-known Mitchell High School. He put together his finest season during his junior year in high school, when he went 6-4 with a spectacular 1.18 ERA that ranked second in the county. He also struck out a ridiculous 99 batters in just 65 innings pitched. As a result of his spectacular season statistics, Clippard was named as a First-team All-Sunshine Athletic Conference selection.

He also pitched for a short time with the University of Central Florida where he went 1-0. While with the UCF Renegades, Clippard earned yet another honor by being named the Florida State Elite Baseball League Pitcher of the Week.

Clippard's amateur career was capped off when he was recruited by the University of South Florida and planned to attend the school until he was drafted and signed by the New York Yankees for $80,000. Even though Clippard turned down a golden opportunity to play for a Division-I University, he, along with scouts, believed in his endless ability and that his decision would still work out for the better in his very young career. Many scouts and coaches said that he was more than ready for this rather big step, mostly because of a well-developed, mature repertoire for a pitcher of his age.

The Gulf Coast Yankees took Clippard aboard for the 2003 season after his signing with the organization. At the age of 18, he had a solid season in the Gulf Coast, going 3-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 43.2 innings split between starting and relieving. Clippard also struck out a very impressive 56 batters in only 43.2 innings. One stunning statistic for a young pitcher is that all season long he only walked 5 batters in 11 appearances. That would give Clippard a nearly  6:1 strikeout to walk ratio!

He has left a great impression on scouts and coaches that watched Clippard during the 2003 season with a great combination of strikeout power pitching and excellent control.

Clippard has picked up where he left off after a promotion to low-A Battle Creek.  In his first 41 innings, Clippard is allowing less than a hit per inning and has a K/9 ratio just under nine.  

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2004 Battle Creek 3-3 0 41.0 37 7 40 3.51

2003

GCL Yankees

3-3

0

43.2

33

5

56

2.89


*Stats as of 5/20/04

Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball, Changeup

Fastball. Clippard has a very good power fastball that is usually in the 88-92 mph range but sometimes he can crank it up even a little more into the mid-90s.

Other Pitches. Tyler Clippard also has a very good curveball that scouts say is incredibly good for a young pitcher. Clippard has recently come to rely on a change up to get hitters out, an advanced pitch for a player of his age.

Pitching. In 2003, he was used mainly as a reliever for the GCL Yanks.  Now, in BC, Clippard has developed into a front-of-the-rotation starter that is impressing opponents, teammates and scouts alike.

Projection. Time will ultimately tell, but Clippard could develop into either a top reliever or a good starter.  He's still very young, but his maturity will lead him down the right path.

ETA. 2007-8. Tyler Clippard could be a big leaguer much sooner than this but right now this seems to be a logical target for his debut. 

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 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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