Thursday, September 30, 2004

Bonus Prospect Report

Ian Snell, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 26th Round, 2000 Draft, HS, Camden, DE
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 5'11", 170 lbs

He got a callup when the rosters expanded and is currently getting his head handed to him by major leaguers. He's a short pitcher, and some people like to think of short right hamders as relievers only, but I don't see why. He has a good fastball and a pretty nice curve. He's consistantly made professional hitters look bad ever since signing. He came into the season with a career ERA of 2.48 and almost a K per inning. That didn't change as he posted a 3.16 ERA with 142 K's and 42 walks in 151 innings.

Pitching prospects come from all kinds of places. Some of them are well known from the very start, and are drafted high in the first round. Some are virtually unknown and drafted as a late round flier, like Snell. The Pirates got lucky and found a good one. The Padres found Jake Peavy as a 15th rounder in 1999.

ETA Early 2005
3 1/2 Stars



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