Sunday, January 09, 2005

Dave Aardsma Report

Dave Aardsma, RHP, San Francisco Giants
Drafted 22nd Overall, 2003 Draft, Rice
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'5", 200 lbs

Aardsma is still where we has a year ago, hoping to break into the Giants bullpen. He has a power reliever's arsenal with a wicked mid-to-high 90's fastball and a nice changeup. His knuckle curve is a work in progress.

Aardsma is a talented young reliever, but he has control issues, which is the #1 thing that scares me with any pitcher. He has a somewhat unconventional delivery too, so mechanical adjustments could be difficult. In Fresno this season, he had a healthy ERA (3.09), strikeout rate (8.6 per 9 innings), and hit rate (7.5 per 9). However, he walked more than a batter every other inning, which would be problematic at the major league level. This is supported by the stat line he put up with the Giants, albeit in a very small sample. 6.75 ERA, 5 K, 10 BB, 20 H, 10 2/3 IP isn't going to get it done. If he can harness his stuff, he's a real threat to be a stopper.

ETA: Mid-2005
3 1/2 Stars

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