Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Danny Rueckel Report

Danny Rueckel, RHP, Montreal Expos
Drafted 12th Rd, 2002 Draft, Furman University
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'0", 170 lbs

Rueckel is a reliever prospect, and a pretty decent one. He's not likely to be seen as a potential closer, but he will probably be effective in a middle relief role. He was a shortstop in college, but was a late round flier by the Expos because of his strong arm. He split this season between AA Harrisburg, where he spent most of the season, posting a 2.08 ERA with 65 K's and 35 walks in 102 1/3 innings, and AAA Edmonton, where he ended the season with a 2.89 ERA, 10 K's, and 7 walks in 9 1/3 innings. He has a two pitch arsenal, with a brilliant curve and a better than average fastball. While he won't like be seen as a closer by others, he could probably do the job, as any sufficiently successful reliever can be an adequate closer. With Chad Cordero around though that isn't likely to be an issue. The Expos have the start of a nice pen.

ETA: 2005
3 Stars

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