Friday, December 17, 2004

Andy Sisco Report

Andy Sisco, LHP, Kansas City Royals
Drafted 46th Overall (2nd Rd), 2001 Draft, HS, Sammamish, WA
Bats L/Throws L
21 YO, 6'9", 250 lbs

Sisco was taken second overall in the Rule 5 Draft on Monday. Unlike Angel Guzman, Sisco has an extensive professional record that you can draw on for evaluative efforts. He was looking like a really nice prospect coming into 2003, with an electric fastball and a strong season in the Midwest League under his belt. This year was a terrible one for him though, as he lost velocity and command. He put up a 4.21 ERA with an unacceptable 65 walks in 126 innings. He obviously needs to tighten the control. He did however log 134 strikeouts and only 118 hits allowed. And that was with scouts being disappointed with his stuff.

The goal for the Royals is pretty obvious. If you can decrease his walk rate by even a third, he's capable of providing some good innings out of the bullpen straight out of HiA ball. If you can't, then he's another big thrower with no idea where it's going. They stuck with Mike MacDougal for an entire season as a closer, so I think Sisco's chances of sticking on the roster for the whole season are pretty good.

ETA: Opening Day
3 Stars

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