Sunday, November 21, 2004

Shane Komine Report

Shane Komine, RHP, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 278th Overall (9th Rd), 2002 Draft, Nebraska
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 5'8", 160 lbs

Short pitchers have it rough. Most scouts never even look at a pitcher if they are under 6 feet tall. Komine also has a history of injury problems, punctuated by the Tommy John surgery that he had this summer. Before going under the knife, he had a mediocre season with a 4.77 ERA, 65 strikeouts, and 28 walks in 94 innings for Midland. He posted much better numbers in 2003 with a 1.82 ERA, 50 K's, and 9 walks in 54 1/3 innings in the Midwest League and a 3.75 ERA, 75 K's, and 30 BB's in 103 1/3 innings in the Texas League.

Pending his recovery, it is hard to say how good a prospect he is. He had a great career at Nebraska, and performed very well as a pro up until this season. Being short and having injury issues usually means a trip to the bullpen by the time a pitcher makes the major leagues. The A's like to break with conventional wisdom, but it wouldn't surprise me to see them make Komine into a reliever. We'll see how he does when he makes it back, probably sometime late in 2005.

ETA: Late 2006
2 1/2 Stars

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