Wednesday, January 19, 2005

David Pauley Report

David Pauley, RHP, Boston Red Sox
Drafted 240th Overall (8th Rd), 2001 Draft, HS, Longmont, CO
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'2", 170 lbs

Pauley is a two-pitch pitcher who was in the deal that sent Dave Roberts to San Diego to take over in center field. Jay Payton, Ramon Vazquez, and Pauley were the three that were sent the other way.

Pauley has climbed the ladder rung by rung since signing after high school. He has a good curve and an upper 80's fastball. His velocity is down about 2 or 3 MPH from where it was a couple seasons ago. He's built on the curve though, making it a pretty good pitch, but one that he needs to compliment better with other offerings so that hitters can't sit around waiting for it. Getting another out pitch would help him a lot.

Pauley spent all year in Lake Elsinore, of the Cal League, which as we've talked about, is the toughest league in the US for pitchers to make their living. He posted a 4.17 ERA with 128 K's, 60 walks, and 155 hits allowed in 153 innings. That's not bad, but not great by any means. It's above league average, but not enough to get you into many prospect lists. For his career, he has a 3.96 ERA with 7.71 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, 3.0 walks and 9.28 hits allowed per 9. Obviously, he has nice control, but allows too many hits, and doesn't strike out a whole lot of batters.

I'd say that Boston wins this deal out of the box because Payton and Vazquez are immediately useful and Pauley is a decent flier who might benefit from a change of scenery. Finding a couple more ticks on his fastball might make it the second out pitch he needs to keep hitters off balance and earn his way into back of a major league rotation or possibly into a role as a swingman.

ETA: Late 2006
2 1/2 Stars

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