Tagged: Scouting Reports – Pitchers

Pitching- Mike MacDonald

Mike MacDonald RHP
Height:  6’1’’ Weight: 185
Age: 10/81  Signed: 2004  (15-Maine) Options: 3
Repertoire: 87-90 sinker, slider, change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

 

1.55

 

 

46.1

 

 

30

 

 

6-30

 

 

.185

 

 

NYP

 

 

 

 

 

1.93

 

 

32.2

 

 

29

 

 

9-23

 

 

.230

 

 

A-

 

 

2005

 

 

4.24

 

 

127.1

 

 

136

 

 

40-87

 

 

.276

 

 

A+

 

 

2006

 

 

3.94

 

 

171.1

 

 

180

 

 

37-103

 

 

.271

 

 

AA

 

Secondary Stats:
Vs Left: .341
Vs Right: .198
Bases Empty: .259
Runners On: .291
Scoring Position: .287
WHIP: 1.28
GO/AO: 2.21

Notes: MacDonald carved up hitters in the low minors despite less-than-stellar stuff. Many thought he would struggled in his first tasted of double-A, but he did not. MacDonald is probably better-suited for the pen because he needs good location to survive and his fastball is well below average. He averaged more than two ground balls per fly ball in 2006.

Pitching- Jesse Litsch

Jesse Litsch RHP
Height:  6’1’’ Weight: 195
Age: 3/85 Signed: 2005 (2004 draft-and-follow) Options: 3
Repertoire: 88-92 fastball/sinker, slider, change, curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005

 

 

2.74

 

 

65.2

 

 

51

 

 

10-67

 

 

.212

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

3.60

 

 

10.0

 

 

11

 

 

6-7

 

 

.268

 

 

NYP

 

 

2006

 

 

3.53

 

 

89.1

 

 

94

 

 

8-81

 

 

.267

 

 

A+

 

 

 

 

 

5.06

 

 

69.1

 

 

85

 

 

13-54

 

 

.309

 

 

AA

 

Secondary Stats:
Vs Left: .320
Vs Right: .300
Bases Empty: .276
Runners On: .357
Scoring Position: .406
WHIP: 1.41
GO/AO: 1.90

Notes: Litsch tries to be too fine at times. He has moved move quickly since signing as a draft-and-follow out of junior college. However, he hit a wall in double-A as he learned he cannot be in the strike zone so much against better hitters. The Rockies tried to sign Litsch as 37th round draft-and-follow in 2003 and considered redrafting him before the Jays took him. He overmatched Appalachian League hitters in his debut with four pitches and excellent control. Litsch goes straight after hitters with 88-92 mph fastball, 84-86 mph slider, which has plus potential, and a fading change. He also has a solid-average curveball. He is aggressive but tries to be too fine at times. Needs to through more on a downward plane. Litsch appears to have similarities to Syracuse pitcher Josh Banks.

Pitching- Danny Hill

Danny Hill RHP
Height: 6’0’’ Weight: 200
Age: 11/81 Signed: 2004 (3-Missouri) Options: 3
Repertoire: 89-92 sinker, slider, splitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

 

1.59

 

 

11.0

 

 

9

 

 

3-6

 

 

.220

 

 

NYP

 

 

2005

 

 

2.04

 

 

17.2

 

 

16

 

 

7-12

 

 

.239

 

 

A-

 

 

 

 

 

3.22

 

 

50.1

 

 

47

 

 

21-29

 

 

.250

 

 

A+

 

 

2006

 

 

5.54

 

 

74.2

 

 

90

 

 

30-62

 

 

.299

 

 

AA

 

Secondary Stats:
Vs Left: .308
Vs Right: .291
Bases Empty: .271
Runners On: .333
Scoring Position: .323
WHIP: 1.61
GO/AO: 1.45

Notes: Hill is a sinker/slider pitcher who doesn’t strike out many guys. He needs to allow fewer hits and his GO/AO was only 1.39 in 2006, which is a bad sign as he faces better opposition. Hill was a senior sign out of college and was expected to move quickly but hasn’t. He has a medium, compact, athletic frame with broad shoulders. He utilizes a three-quarter arm angle and his fastball has riding life with occasional sink. Hill is aggressive and not afraid to pitch inside. He flashes a quality three-quarter tilt slider, with tight, sharp break. Hill is a good athlete. He looked over-matched at double-A but there was some thought that he was pitching hurt.

Pitching- Tracy Thorpe

Tracy Thorpe RHP
Height: 6’4’’ Weight: 250
Age: 12/80 Signed: 2000 (11-high school)  Options: 3
Repertoire: 93-98 mph fastball, change, curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

 

3.64

 

 

59.0

 

 

39

 

 

30-53

 

 

.192

 

 

A+

 

 

2005

 

 

3.67

 

 

34.1

 

 

32

 

 

10-33

 

 

.242

 

 

A+

 

 

 

 

 

3.89

 

 

37.0

 

 

30

 

 

17-36

 

 

.233

 

 

AA

 

 

2006

 

 

2.91

 

 

55.2

 

 

33

 

 

29-62

 

 

.169

 

 

AA

 

Secondary Stats:
Vs Left: .200
Vs Right: .157
Bases Empty: .179
Runners On: .164
Scoring Position: .238
WHIP: .113
GO/AO: 0.42

Notes: Thorpe has nasty stuff but he cannot stay healthy. He needs better command of his pitches – and it has finally started to come. Scouts love Thorpe’s stuff but would like to see the right-hander put it together in a little faster manner. Thorpe began the 2005 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays, and started off slow before reaching a stretch in which he became unhittable. Thorpe is a solid athlete, having been recruited for college football. He was the 2002 Man of the Year for his efforts off the field with children. He had labrum surgery in 2002, but rebounded quickly and has been healthy the last two seasons. He touches 98 mph and settled in at 93-97 mph with his fastball. He is still wild, but has improved the command of curve and change. Thorpe has toyed with a splitter. He struggled in the Arizona Fall League after the Jays added him to the 40-man
roster for the first time.

Pitching- Kyle Yates

Kyle Yates RHP
Height: 6’4’’ Weight: 220
Age: 1/83 Signed: 2004 (13-Texas)  Options: 3
Repertoire: average fastball, curve ball, change-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

 

6.75

 

 

9.0

 

 

9

 

 

5-11

 

 

.265

 

 

NYP

 

 

2005

 

 

4.43

 

 

81.1

 

 

82

 

 

19-81

 

 

.265

 

 

A-

 

 

 

 

 

1.91

 

 

75.1

 

 

69

 

 

19-67

 

 

.242

 

 

A+

 

 

2006

 

 

0.64

 

 

14.0

 

 

8

 

 

0-13

 

 

.163

 

 

A+

 

 

 

 

 

3.75

 

 

127.1

 

 

118

 

 

38-102

 

 

.246

 

 

AA

 

Secondary Stats:
Vs Left: .237
Vs Right: .213
Bases Empty: .217
Runners On: .240
Scoring Position: 154
WHIP: 1.23
GO/AO: 0.92

Notes: Yates doesn’t throw hard and he needs to hit his spots to survive in the majors. He has a nasty curveball, which is his out-pitch. He was second only to Casey Janssen for the most improved pitcher in 2005. He continued to improve in 2006, even after a minor hiccup at double-A. He is probably best-suited for relief, which is where he pitched in college. He was a little-known reliever at the University of Texas behind Huston Street and J. Brent Cox, and he caught Curtis Thigpen. His curve is a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Yates’ 88-90 mph fastball is fringe-average, although it can hit 92 mph out of the bullpen. He learned a change-up in the 2004 instructional league, which led to shot in starting rotation. Yates can become too reliant on curve and needs to learn to mix pitches more often.

Pitching- Ricky Romero

Ricky Romero LHP
Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 195
Age: 11/84 Signed: 2005 (6th overall-Cal State Fullerton)  Options: 3
Repertoire: 90-94 fastball, cutter/slider, 12-6 curve, change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005

 

 

0.00

 

 

2.0

 

 

2

 

 

1-2

 

 

.250

 

 

NYP

 

 

 

 

 

3.82

 

 

30.2

 

 

36

 

 

7-22

 

 

.283

 

 

A+

 

 

2006

 

 

2.47

 

 

58.1

 

 

48

 

 

14-61

 

 

.224

 

 

A+

 

 

 

 

 

5.08

 

 

67.1

 

 

65

 

 

26-41

 

 

.256

 

 

AA

 

Secondary Stats (New Hampshire):
Vs Left: .200
Vs Right: .279
Bases Empty: .224
Runners On: .299
Scoring Position: .348
WHIP: 1.34
GO/AO: 1.31

Notes: Romero profile as a No. 3 starter. He knows how to pitch and he was the first pitcher selected in the 2005 draft. Romero has three solid, major league-ready pitches that he can throw for strikes almost at will, including a fastball that sits at 90-91 mph and touches 93-94. He also has an excellent curve ball and a change-up. Romero gets his highest grades for his makeup, temperament and competitive zeal. He is an excellent student of the game who understands the science of pitching, and is a master at controlling the tempo of a game. He often has one poor inning a game, gets mad at himself and responds by pitching better the rest of the way. He also holds runners well and fields his position as well as any college pitcher. Romero has a fluid, easy delivery. He displays two kinds of fastballs: a slider-like cutter and a nasty sinker that drops late. Romero can change speeds on his 12-to-6 curve ball. Romero struggled in double-A in 2006, but it was his first full season and he struggled with minor injuries earlier in the season and never really got on track.

Pitching- David Purcey

David Purcey LHP
Height: 6’5’’ Weight: 240
Age: 4/82 Signed: 2004 (1-Oklahoma)  Options: 3
Repertoire: 88-94 fastball, plus curve, change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

 

1.50

 

 

12.0

 

 

6

 

 

1-13

 

 

.150

 

 

NYP

 

 

2005

 

 

3.63

 

 

94.1

 

 

80

 

 

56-116

 

 

.229

 

 

A+

 

 

 

 

 

2.93

 

 

43.0

 

 

32

 

 

25-45

 

 

.205

 

 

AA

 

 

2006

 

 

5.40

 

 

51.2

 

 

49

 

 

38-45

 

 

.249

 

 

AAA

 

 

 

 

 

5.60

 

 

88.1

 

 

101

 

 

44-81

 

 

.287

 

 

AA

 

Secondary Stats (New Hampshire):
Vs Left: .319
Vs Right: .275
Bases Empty: .278
Runners On: .294
Scoring Position: .248
WHIP: 1.64
GO/AO: 0.99

Notes: A lack of control is Purcey’s biggest issue. He was demoted from triple-A to double-A in 2006 but continued to struggle and should begin there again in 2007. Purcey has an extra-large frame with a thick, strong body and legs. He utilizes no windup, but has a high three-quarter delivery. His fastball is above-average at times, but it was down in 2006. He also has a slurve-type curve ball, as well as an occasional straight changeup. Purcey had become a one-pitch (fastball) pitcher at the time of his demotion. He is probably better-suited for the bullpen but the Jays refuse to give up on his
potential as a starter. Purcey came down with draftitis as a high school senior in 2001 and again as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2003. Purcey had a solid Cape Cod League, causing the Yankees to make a late run at signing him as their 17th-round pick.