Sunday, October 03, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 10/3

Zach Duke, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 20th Round, 2001 Draft
Bats L/Throws L
21 YO, 6'2", 200 lbs

I'm not entirely comfortable with the idea that people who were born in 1983 are legally able to purchase alcohol. I'm 28 now, and I still remember those days 7 1/2 years ago when I was just a punk kid that was underage. It doesn't feel like it was 7 1/2 years ago. What does this have to do with Zach Duke? Nothing really. It's just something that came to mind as I was writing the header.

Duke is another in the tradition of Paul Maholm. Granted he was a late round high school pick instead of a first round college kid. But he's another command and control lefty. Duke dominated Carolina League and Eastern League hitters this season. He's only 21 years old and he put up a composite line of 1.46 ERA, 26 GS, 148.1 IP, 142 K, 31 BB. That's domination.

He doesn't light you up, but he has a great curve, and a good feel for pitching. I don't see any reason he can't keep it up in AAA next year and in the majors in 2006. He's a better pitching prospect than the more publicized, higher drafted John VanBenschoten, Paul Maholm, and Bryan Bullington.

ETA 2006
4 Stars



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