Thursday, October 28, 2004

Jon Papelbon Report

Congrats to the Red Sox and their fans. To say it has been a long wait would be a dramatic understatement.

Jon Papelbon, RHP, Boston Red Sox
Drafted 114th Overall (4th Rd), 2003 Draft, Mississippi State
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'4", 230 lbs

He has good stuff, and he had really good results this season. A 2.64 ERA with 153 K's, 45 walks, and 97 hits allowed in 129 2/3 innings pitched in the Florida State League is the kind of season that puts you on the map. He has the stuff that goes with it too, with a low 90's fastball and a nice slider.

I'd like to see him tighten the control a bit. And I'd like to see him move quickly since he turns 24 in November. But this is a pretty good prospect.

ETA: Late 2006
3 1/2 Stars

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