Monday, September 27, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/27

Bryan Bullington, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 1st Overall, 2002 Draft, Ball State
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'5", 220 lbs

He turns 24 on September 30th. Despite being the #1 pick in 2002, he isn't a star in the making. He was an overdraft, and the Pirates can't even use the signability copout since he signed late, and got a $4,000,000 bonus. The Pirates took a college pitcher for the sake of taking a college pitcher. The consensus best player in the draft, BJ Upton, was demanding a huge payday, and most of the other high profile arms in the draft were high schoolers or canadians, both of whom are risky propositions for the top of the draft. So they played it safe, and got Bullington.

Now to be fair, he isn't a bad prospect. He entered the season with a 2.52 career minor league ERA with 113 K's and 38 BB's in 143 IP. He ended this season with a 4.10 ERA, 100 K's and 48 BB's in 145 IP for AA Altoona. Not exactly what you hope for from a first overall pick when Upton, Zach Greinke, Jeff Francis, Khalil Greene, Russ Adams, Scott Kazmir, and Nick Swisher have major league service time already.

On the positive side, since the Indianapolis Indians have switched affiliations, I will likely be able to watch Bullington next season, and give first hand reports.

ETA: late 2005
2 1/2 stars

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