Thursday, January 06, 2005

Jon Barratt Report

Jon Barratt, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays
Drafted 128th Overall (5th Rd), 2004 Draft, HS, Hillcrest, MO
Bats R/Throws L
19 YO, 5'10", 155 lbs

Barratt is a little guy with a big fastball. Usually that means a switch to the pen is only a matter of time, but there's no need to rush these things. Barratt has an assortment of above average pitches. The scouts like him even if he is short. The stats look great, albeit in a small sample. His first pro season was in the New York-Penn League. He threw 42 2/3 innings, and posted a 2.74 ERA with 50 K's, 11 walks, 38 hits, and 2 home runs allowed. There's no real weakness in those stats for me to criticize. All of his ratios were healthy. Control was solid. Strikeout rate was very nice. He didn't allow even a hit per inning. And he didn't make mistakes that allowed the other guy to hit the ball over the fence.

His biggest weakness is the fact that he's a 19 year old pitcher who is 5 levels away from the major leagues. He should start 2005 in Low A, and if he keeps this up, he'll be well known among Tampa fans soon.

ETA: 2008
2 1/2 Stars

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