Monday, December 13, 2004

Tom Mastny Report

Tom Mastny, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Drafted 320th overall (11th Rd), 2003 Draft, Furman
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'5", 220 lbs

Mastny put up great numbers in the Sally League this year with fastball that usually sits at around 90 MPH and breaking stuff that doesn't get a lot of attention. He got those numbers by throwing strikes and using a very smart approach. There are a number of guys like this that just keep hitters off balance by changing speeds mixing their off speed stuff with their fastball. Right now the righties of the type are almost always compared to Greg Maddux and the lefties are compared to either Tom Glavine or Jamie Moyer. They walk a tightrope because if they make a mistake, it's like batting practice. They don't have the out-pitch that a Clemens has in his fastball or a Zito in his curve. They'll always have doubters and they'll always have to earn their way into a promotion.

Still, these kinds of pitchers CAN succeed because of the battle for control of the strike zone. Hitters always want to get in hitter's counts, and pitchers always want to get in pitcher's counts. Hitters will always be on the defensive if they're 0-2, no matter whether the guy is throwing 90, or 97.

Mastny's stats in Charleston this year were very good. He posted a 2.17 ERA with 141 K's, 41 walks, and only 4 home runs allowed in 149 innings. The indicators are good, and he could move quickly if he starts 2005 pitching like he did all this year. He was 23 all season and was in Lo-A ball.

ETA: Late 2007
3 Stars

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