2004 Columbus Clippers Pitching Prospect Review

PinstripesPlus looks at the peripherals stats of the Columbus Clippers pitchers to project development. We will look at the guys who pitched a minimum of 40 innings for Columbus and did not accrue 40 or more innings for the Yankees.

Jason Anderson - RHP

Anderson was drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2000 draft out of the University of Illinois and was sent to the Mets as part of a package in the Armando Benitez trade. After being subsequently released by both the Mets and Indians, the Yankees claimed Anderson off waivers on June 3rd and sent him back to Columbus. The 25-year old pitcher was solid for the Clippers this past season, posting good peripheral numbers across the board, including a 3 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's a control pitcher that needs to get a few more bats to miss in order to make that leap into the Majors.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

4.13

61.0

1.26

2.07

7.23

0.74

.260



Andy Beal - LHP

Beal just completed his third season of AAA-ball and one thing has come abundantly clear _ he does not have the goods. Drafted out of Vanderbilt University in the 5th round of the 2000 draft, Beal had success at every level until he was promoted to the Clippers in 2002. Since that time, his AAA ERA is a robust 5.88 for the Clippers. A pitcher is not going to have success when his strikeout-to-walk ratio is a shade over one and opposing batters are hitting well over .300 against him. Beal may have earned the dreaded "NP" (not a prospect) label with his 2004 performance.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

5.29

114.0

1.61

3.00

3.95

1.18

.313



Colter Bean - RHP

Only a team with pockets as deep as the Yankees would leave a pitcher as successful as Bean unprotected in the Rule V Draft. Bean's 2004 campaign was nothing short of amazing. His peripherals numbers are even more impressive than his season totals of 9-3 with a 2.29 ERA! International League batters hit just .198 off of him this past season while his strikeout-to-walk ratio was close to 5 to 1. The Auburn University product has little to prove at the minor league level. He simply needs a chance at the Major League level. The question is, will the Yankees forego signing a big-ticket middle reliever and give Bean the shot he deserves? He was added to the 40-man roster so that's a good first step.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

2.29

82.2

1.02

2.50

11.9

0.33

.198



Buddy Carlyle - RHP

Originally drafted by the Reds in the 2nd round of the 1996 draft, Carlyle had logged time in the Padres and Royals organizations before making his way into the Yankees' family this past season. His 140+ innings pitched for Trenton and Columbus this year were the most he's pitched since throwing for the Padres' AAA club way back in 1999. Although just a small sample size, his numbers were outstanding for Trenton and then posted good numbers for the Clippers. He gave up a few too many hits and too many home runs or else he would have had a superb year in AAA. Carlyle has signed with the Dodgers for the 2005 season.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

4.05

106.2

1.26

1.77

7.76

1.18

.274

AA

Trenton

0.72

37.1

0.72

0.96

11.6

0.00

.178



Alex Graman - LHP

Like Bean, Graman has come up through the Yankees' minor league system posting solid numbers along the way. Drafted by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1999 draft out of Indiana State University, Graman had one of his better seasons in 2004. Graman had somewhat pedestrian numbers his first two seasons of AAA, but followed them up with a 11-6, 3.37 ERA showing in 2004. He held opposing batters to a .240 average and had a very good 1.28 WHIP ratio in the process. Amazing, isn't it? If you keep runners of the base paths you're bound to have success. Graman just turned 27 and despite his success, it does not appear likely that he'll be given a legitimate shot by the Yankees.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

3.37

131.0

1.28

3.64

8.86

0.82

.240



Brad Halsey - LHP

Halsey, who was drafted in the 8th round of the 2002 draft out of the University of Texas, was the first 2002 Yankees' draftee to reach the Majors. Some Yankees fans might discount Halsey as a legitimate pitching prospect based on his poor showing with the big league club. That would big a mistake. Halsey's 2004 campaign with the Columbus Clippers was tremendous, posting above average peripheral numbers in every category. His WHIP ratio and home run ratios were exceptional. If he's not part of the Yankees rotation in 2005, which is unlikely, he'll be back to anchor the Clippers' rotation for another year of seasoning to prove this past season was not a fluke. He'll still only be 24 years old when the season starts next year.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

2.63

144.0

1.15

2.31

6.81

0.50

.240



Sam Marsonek - RHP

Marsonek was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1st round of the 1996 draft before finding his way to the Yankees' organization in 2000. After two sub-par seasons in 2002 and 2003, Marsonek responded with a good rebound year for Columbus in 2004, saving 17 games for the Clippers. His peripheral numbers were excellent in every category, except one. He served up over one home run per nine innings which is a tad too much for a closer. Still, Marsonek's season earned him a trip to the Arizona Fall League this year. He's still just 26 years old and could prove to be a valuable member of the Yankees' bullpen as soon as 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

3.15

40.0

1.20

2.70

6.30

1.13

.234



Javier Ortiz - RHP

Ortiz, an international free agent signing out of the Dominican Republic in 1996, had a bounce back year in 2004. After walking a career-high 71 batters for Trenton in 2003, Ortiz rebounded nicely with a decent season for the Thunder in 2004. His ratios were above average in every category at the AA level, but were atrocious for the Clippers. He put on over two base runners per inning in his short stint for Columbus, and no, that's not a misprint below! Opposing International League batters hit .324 off of him and he gave up over two home runs per nine innings! Ortiz is a minor league free agent this year and it remains to be seen if he'll be back in pinstripes next season. He just turned 25 so there's a chance he'll be back.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

7.50

42.0

2.02

4.07

7.07

2.14

.324

AA

Trenton

4.10

105.1

1.36

2.82

6.58

0.60

.242



Juan Padilla - RHP

Padilla, originally drafted by the Twins in the 24th round of the 1998 draft, was brilliant in his first (and last season) with the Yankees in 2004. To put it bluntly, his peripheral numbers were just sick. A better than 8 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, less than one base runner per inning, and holding opposing batters to a pathetic .223 average were truly amazing. His six relief appearances with the Yankees were also good. However, he was claimed off waivers by the Reds on September 3, 2004 after the Yankees designated him for assignment two days earlier.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

2.02

58.0

0.95

0.93

8.07

0.16

.223



Scott Proctor - RHP

Proctor came over to the Yankees from the Dodgers in the Robin Ventura trade in 2003 after originally being drafted by Los Angeles in the 5th round of the 1998 draft out of Florida State University. After being used mostly as a starter in the beginning of his career, Proctor has thrived as a reliever the past two seasons. He's an overpowering pitcher that sometimes gets himself into trouble with erratic control. His peripheral numbers were solid across the board. Despite walking over 3.5 batters per 9 innings, Proctor still had a 2 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Clippers this past season and held opposing International League batters to a .222 average. Like Colter Bean, Proctor is ready to make his mark at the Major League level. The question is will the Yankees give him that shot?

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

2.86

44.0

1.25

3.68

8.59

0.82

.222



Eric Schmitt - RHP

Schmitt had been a steady riser in the prospect ranks for the Yankees, putting up solid stats along the way, until making his way to the AAA level with Columbus last season. After a so-so AAA debut in AAA in 2003, Schmitt had a forgettable year for the Clippers in 2004. Drafted in the 25th round of the 2000 draft out of Wake Forest University, Schmitt's peripherals were somewhat of an enigma. He had an excellent 4 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a decent WHIP ratio. His control was phenomenal, but perhaps a little too good. Schmitt might want to walk a few more batters to keep them a little more off balance. Opposing batters hit .300 off of him this season. He's ticketed for another year of AAA with the Clippers in 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

6.05

86.1

1.39

1.77

7.19

1.04

.300



Chien-Ming Wang - RHP

Wang earned a lot of press after being signed as an high-priced international free agent out of Taiwan back in the 2000 season. After a somewhat disappointing season in 2003 for Trenton (7-6, 4.65 ERA), Wang bounced right back on to the prospect radar with a very good season in 2004 in two stops between Trenton and Columbus. Wang's peripherals has always supported the notion that he was going to be a fine pitcher and that was certainly the case this past season. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was just about 4 to 1 all year long and his first taste of AAA-ball could not have gone any better. He held opposing batters to a .215 average and gave up less than one base runner per inning in six appearances for Columbus. Wang is still only 24 years old and could use one more year of seasoning at AAA. If he duplicates the same success the Yankees are going to find it hard to test him at the Major League level.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

AAA

Columbus

2.01

40.1

0.97

1.79

7.81

0.67

.215

AA

Trenton

4.05

109.0

1.27

2.15

7.43

0.50

.274



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