Saturday, December 11, 2004

Steve Schmoll Report

Steve Schmoll, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed as an undrafted free agent, 2003, University of Maryland
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'2", 200 lbs

If you're ever in the unlikely situation where you have a bar bet over who will be the next Chad Bradford, Schmoll is the first name you should have in mind. He's a submariner who has allowed a total of 2 home runs in 120 career innings as a professional. He's been reported to have a fastball that usually sits in the high 80's and sometimes reaches the low 90's.

Schmoll split his 2004 season between Vero Beach of the Florida State League and Jacksonville of the Southern League. In 65 FSL innings, he recorded a 1.80 ERA with 58 K's, 10 walks, and 0 home runs allowed. In 19 2/3 SL innings, he had a 1.83 ERA with 18 K's, 7 walks, and not a single ball went over the fence. I generally don't condone the use of Arizona Fall League stats as an indicator of performance, but it's hard to ignore the 1.42 ERA, 12 K's, 4 BB's, and unsurprisingly 0 home runs he allowed in 19 innings as a Scottsdale Scorpion.

Submariners generally end up being specialists, whose job is to come in and cut down one key hitter. Their opportunities are usually very high leverage. Schmoll LOOKS like he might be able to break out of that typecasted role, and pitch against both righties AND lefties. I don't see any reason to think that he can't be a successful major league pitcher very soon.

ETA: 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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