Saturday, December 04, 2004

Scott Olsen Report

Scott Olsen, LHP, Florida Marlins
Drafted 173rd Overall (6th Rd), 2002 Draft, HS, Crystal Lake, IL
Bats L/Throws L
20 YO, 6'4", 170 lbs

Here's more proof that you don't need to hand out 7 figure bonuses to get a good pitching prospect. Like a lot of pitching prospects, Olsen's bread and butter is his fastball, which gets up into the mid-90's. He recorded a 2.97 ERA with 158 K's and 53 BB in 136 1/3 innings for Jupiter. The Fish are taking the right approach with him, slowly promoting him up the chain. He's preventing runs and striking a lot of batters out, but he needs polish. He needs to iron out his delivery to tighten that control. This is all pretty standard for 20 year old pitchers though. Anytime a kid strikes out more than a batter per inning in HiA ball before he's legally able to buy a drink for his teammates, it is pretty impressive. If he keeps striking hitters out at this pace, and doesn't see a spike in his home runs allowed while cutting his walk rate in half, he'll be a top 10 prospect on the fast track to the majors. Here's to hoping that he stays out of Dr. James Andrews' operating room.

ETA: 2007
4 Stars

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