Saturday, October 16, 2004

Tim Stauffer Report

Tim Stauffer, RHP, San Diego Padres
Drafted 4th Overall, 2003 Draft, Richmond
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'2", 205 lbs

There's something to be said for honesty. It doesn't help a person's prospect ratings, but it's admirable. After being drafted, Stauffer reported to the Padres that an MRI showed weakness in his shoulder. That honesty cost him over a million and a half dollars on his bonus. It also makes me a bit worried about his future health.

That being said, Stauffer was great this season. He played at 3 different levels. At Hi-A Lake Elsinore, he posted a 1.78 ERA with 30 K's and 9 BB's in 35.1 IP. At AA Mobile, his line was 2.63 ERA, 33 K's, 14 BB's, 51.1 IP. And finally, at AAA Portland, it was 3.54 ERA, 50 K, 27 BB, 81.1 IP.

He doesn't have blazing stuff, but he has a good fastball, curve, and change, and he mixes speeds well.

ETA: Late 2005
4 Stars

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