Pulaski Blue Jays Pitching Prospect Review

We take a look at the peripheral stats of the Pulaski pitchers, and use those stats to analyze their potential and their future. For a pitcher to be eligible for this list, he must have thrown at least 30 innings for Pulaski during the 2004 season.

Yesson Berroa : RHP

The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic struggled in his second season of professional baseball going 3-3 with a 6.00 ERA in 36 innings. Although Berroa's walk ratio was not terribly bad, he did hit six batters and threw eight wild pitches this past season. Berroa has shown in the past that he has the ability to pitch effectively, and will need to prove that again in 2005, when he probably will pitch for the Auburn Doubledays.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

6.00

36

1.75

3.00

8.00

0.75

.340



Eddie Cannon : RHP

Cannon had an impressive debut in professional baseball for Pulaski after being selected in the 44th Round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of South Florida Community College. He accumulated thirty-seven plus innings for Pulaski while allowing thirty-five hits, eleven walks and struck out thirty-eight batters. Cannon was given a late season promotion to Auburn as a reward, and should begin with the Doubledays in 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

2.87

37.2

1.24

2.66

9.19

0.73

.236

A

Auburn

0.00

3

0.66

0.00

12.00

3.00

.167



Chi-hung Cheng : LHP

The 19-year-old left hander just dominated in 2004 with Pulaski. He led the league with strikeouts (74) and posted a 3-1 record with a 2.82 ERA in 14 starts. Cheng has many things going his way, however he did walk thirty-five batters in sixty plus innings, and must improve his control. Cheng, however, is still young enough to work on his control issue, and with his sharp 12-6 curve ball he has an advantage against many of the low-A hitters. Cheng figures to start 2005 with the Auburn Doubledays.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

2.82

60.2

1.36

5.23

11.06

0.60

.218

A

Auburn

4.50

2

0.50

0.00

13.50

4.50

.500



Brian Grant : RHP

The 20-year-old from Goldsboro, NC had a solid season with Pulaski in 2004. Grant showed tremendous command, and must continue showing that, as he is a pitcher that will not overpower an opposing batter. Grant figures to begin the 2005 season with Auburn.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

2.94

49

1.35

2.20

5.33

0.55

.286

A

Auburn

3.86

4.2

1.67

2.14

10.71

0.00

.272



Adrian Martin : RHP

Martin had a solid season with Pulaski going 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA while spending time both in the rotation and in the bullpen. The 20- year-old right hander has one thing going for him, and that is his control. He allowed just twelve walks and struck out fifty-one in fifty-six innings of work. Being relatively young, and showing command of his pitches means that Martin is definitely an arm that bears some watching in 2005 as he pitches for the Auburn Doubledays.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

3.54

56

1.38

1.93

8.20

0.32

.290



Edward Rodriguez : LHP

Rodriguez was not effective in 2004, posting a 2-2 record with a 5.00 ERA, while pitching mostly out of the bullpen. Based on his endurance, his best chance for success will be out of the bullpen, however he must first develop the proper control as a reliever. Rodriguez could repeat Pulaski in 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

5.00

36

1.53

3.25

9.00

0.00

.276



Raymon Sanchez : LHP

Sanchez did not fair well in 2004, and two of those reasons you can see below. Raymond allowed too many runners on base because of his poor command, and was also prone to giving up the long ball, and with his command issues, that is not a good combination. Sanchez must first demonstrate that he can keep the ball low, and in the strike zone if he wants the Jays to give him a chance above rookie ball.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

4.54

33.2

1.69

4.61

8.67

1.08

.276



Russell Savickas : RHP

Pitching for Pulaski for the second straight season, Savickas did not improve his performance from 2003. The ninth round pick in the 2002 draft is still young enough to show what he has, however, early indications are not favorable. Savickas could repeat Pulaski for a third straight season, as he has not proven he deserves a promotion.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

5.79

37.1

1.46

3.64

5.58

0.49

.277



Derek Tate : LHP

Tate had a successful debut after being selected by the Blue Jays in the 34th Round of the 2004 draft. He spent his time pitching for Pulaski and Auburn as he proved he could handle both levels. At age 23, Tate should be challenged in 2005, and begin the season with Lansing, while having his eyes set for Dunedin as well. He has shown the control throughout his career that is needed to be a successful pitcher in the professional ranks.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

1.10

32.2

0.80

1.12

11.46

0.28

.188

A

Auburn

2.20

16.1

1.43

3.35

13.42

0.00

.270



Jordan Timm : LHP

Timm put up spectacular numbers while starting in eleven games for Pulaski and going 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA, however, Timm was pitching in the Appalachian League at the age of 23, which makes those numbers less meaningless. Timm is your typical soft tossing left hander, and must quickly be challenged so we can fairly judge his potential. At the very least, Timm needs to be pitching for Dunedin in 2005, or his numbers will not mean much in terms of his status as a prospect. One thing is certain, and that is if Timm does not learn to keep the ball down, he will not duplicate his success at the higher levels.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

2.67

60.2

1.18

1.79

7.92

1.20

.265

A

Auburn

1.42

6.1

1.15

1.48

11.80

.148

.286



Aaron Tressler : RHP

Tressler was just dominating the hitters at Pulaski after being selected in the 32nd Round of the 2004 draft out of Penn State University. He was not a dominate college pitcher in his three years at Penn State, however early indications are that he will fare much better in professional baseball. The Penn State product has shown the control to handle these hitters, and the advantage of the aluminum bats will not hurt Tressler in professional baseball.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

R

Pulaski

1.48

30.1

0.83

3.29

12.26

0.60

.133

A

Charleston

9.80

4.0

2.25

4.50

9.00

0.00

.369



You can write to Bobby at BVangelatos@aol.com

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