Thursday, December 02, 2004

Matt Peterson Report

Matt Peterson, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 65th Overall (2nd Rd), 2000 Draft, HS, Alexandria, LA
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'5", 210 lbs

I'm going to have fun watching the Indianapolis Indians pitching staff next season. It is almost certain that they'll have 2 or 3 really interesting prospects in the rotation at all times. Peterson will probably among that group. He was acquired in the Kris Benson deal, so sadly he's probably going to be left out of any extracurricular activities with Anna Benson, but don't weep for Matt. He's still a pretty decent prospect, and a tall, handsome 22 year old baseball player. He's probably not hurting for attention from the ladies.

Swerving back the topic on hand (in this case, let's NOT steer into the skid,) Peterson has some things going for him. He has a nice curveball and a low 90's fastball, resulting in quite a few strikeouts. He posted a healthy 3.27 ERA with 90 K's in 104 2/3 innings pitched for Binghampton. After the trade, he struggled, putting up a 6.25 ERA with 29 K's in 36 innings, but also giving up 22 walks for Altoona. He allowed a combined 67 walks in 140 2/3 innings, which is a lot higher than you'd like to see. I think the combined numbers are more indicative of his skill level than the small sample from Altoona. If he doesn't clean up the control, he'll be a poor man's Matt Clement. If he does clean it up, then he's a possible frontline starter who would be a great compliment to Oliver Perez in the Pirate rotation.

ETA: Late 2005/Early 2006
4 Stars

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