Saturday, December 25, 2004

Anthony Lerew Report

Anthony Lerew, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Drafted 346th Overall (11th Rd), 2001 Draft, HS, Wellsville, PA
Bats L/Throws R
22 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

See? I've said it before and I'll say it again. Draft high school pitchers late. Sometimes they turn into your best prospects and you don't have the same kind of financial risk that you see in first round high school pitchers. It worked with Lerew, who went from high school darkhorse to one of the btter pitching prospects in the Braves system. He has a heavy low 90's fastball and a damned good change. His strikeout rate is good. His walk rate isn't optimal, but it isn't a big concern considering all he's ever done as a pro is get a lot of hitters out. This year as a 21 year old in the Carolina League, he posted a 3.75 ERA with 125 K's, 46 walks, and 145 hits allowed in 144 innings. He allowed a home run for every 12 innings he pitched. That looks pretty good.

ETA: Late 2006/Early 2007
3 1/2 Stars

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