Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Colter Bean Report

Colter Bean, RHP, New York Yankees
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2000, Auburn
Bats R/Throws R
27 YO, 6'6", 255 lbs

Colter Bean is pretty much Steve Schmoll all grow'd up. He's a big, sidearming guy who doesn't light up the radar, but kills righty hitters. He's also done well against left handed hitters in the minor leagues, but sidearmers and submariners usually get typecasted as ROOGy's or LOOGy's, coming in to mow down the other team's best power hitter and then going back to the anonymity of the bench.

This year in Columbus, Bean recorded a 2.29 ERA with 109 K's and 23 walks in 82 2/3 innings. He only allowed 61 hits all season, and only 3 of those were home runs.

He should be fully capable of being a good reliever in the majors. He's old for a prospect. And anybody who cares about a player's "ceiling" is going to turn up his nose. But he's useful, especially to a team that has had as many problems in the bullpen as the Yankees have recently.

ETA: Any time now
2 1/2 Stars



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