Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 10/13

Taylor Buchholz, RHP, Houston Astros
Drafted 175th Overall (6th Round), 2000 Draft, HS, Springfield, PA
Bats R/Throws R
23YO, 6'4", 220 lbs

You know, pitching prospects have a real proclivity for disappointing people. Just when you think you have one figured out, they go and have the kind of season that still keeps Scott Karl awake at night. Buchholz was rated as the Astros #1 prospect after he was a key figure in the Billy Wagner trade. Well, he had a season from hell as he got hammered to the tune of a 5.23 ERA in one of the friendliest parks for pitchers in organized baseball. His strikeout rate was still respectable (74 in 98 innings), and while his walk rate rose (29 of them), it wasn't exactly Colt Griffin territory. He gave up more home runs (16) too. He might bounce back. He might keep sliding into irrelevance. It would probably be indulgent of me to mention that I thought he was a little overrated going into this season, but there I just went and did it.

P.S. Happy Birthday to Taylor, who turns 23 today.

ETA: 2005
3 Stars

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