Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Bear Bay Report

Bear Bay, RHP, Chicago Cubs
Drafted 25th Round, 2002 Draft, Angelina (TX) Junior College
Bats R, Throws R
21 YO, 6'2", 160 lbs

I'd like to think that players like Bear Bay are the reason why people read this blog. Every seamhead knows who Dallas McPherson is, and anybody with internet access and the motor skills to do a Google search can tell you that he's a good one. You have to put in some work to find a kid like Bay, who wasn't a premium pick, is overshadowed by more advanced, higher drafted prospects in his own organization. Still, there's a lot of guys like him, with a lot of things going for them.

Bay is a draft and follow who just completed his first campaign in full-season ball. He spent the summer in the Midwest League, and put up a 3.10 ERA with a 139/33 K/BB ratio. He only allowed 7 home runs in 168 1/3 innings pitched. He looks like a really nice prospect who will start catching people's attention when he gets to AA. First he has to stay healthy though, which is always the asterisk that you put next to pitchers.

He also had a good 2003 season, with a 2.84 ERA, 93 K's, 16 BB's, , and 3 HR allowed in 79 IP split between the Arizona Rookie League and the Northwest League. He still has a long way to go, but keep his name in mind.

ETA: 2008
3 Stars, which is high praise for a pitcher who has yet to see Hi-A.

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