Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Ben Fritz Report

Ben Fritz, RHP, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 30th Overall, 2002 Draft, Fresno State
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'4", 225 lbs

He's been a major disappointment for the A's after being a first rounder in the famed "Moneyball" draft class. It got worse this year. At AA Midland, he got lit up to the tune of a 5.63 ERA with 77 K's, 50 walks, and 118 hits allowed in 104 innings before going under the knife. Tommy John surgery will probably keep him out for all of 2005. When he gets back, hopefully he can regain the form that had him drafted so high. His strikeout rate has remained pretty good throughout his pro career, so if the elbow problem was the source of his command and control issues, his career might just have a heartbeat after all.

ETA Late 2006/Early 2007
2 1/2 Stars

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