Friday, January 21, 2005

Jose Capellan Report

Jose Capellan, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1998, Dominican Republic
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'3", 170 lbs

This is why it pays for teams that are still in the rebuilding mode to take fliers on making some players regulars. Instead of going out and wasting their time with someone of Roberto Hernandez's ilk as their closer, the Brewers gave the job to Danny Kolb, who went out and put up 2 seasons of great work. Then they parlayed that into Capellan and Alec Zumwalt instead of paying Kolb a high 7 figure yearly salary.

Capellan has an electric arm with a high 90's fastball, that is sure to be one of the best in the major leagues. He's a Tommy John survivor, having the proceedure in late 2001. He needs to work on his secondary pitches, but his fastball is deadly and I think he'd be alright even if he doesn't develop much of anything to go with it.

Jose started 2004 in the Carlina League and ended it in Turner Field. Along the way, here's what he did.

In the Carlina League, he posted a 2.50 ERA, 53K, 11 BB, 27 H, 0 HR, 46 IP

Southern League: 2.50 ERA, 53 K, 19 BB, 53 H, 50 IP

International League: 2.51 ERA, 37 K, 15 BB, 33 H, 43 IP

Atlanta: 11.25 ERA, 4 K, 5 BB, 14 H, 8 IP

I'm throwing out his Atlanta numbers. Most pitchers get blasted in their first exposure to the big leagues. He was absolutely a showstopper everywhere else. I think he's ready for primetime or close to it. This was a great deal for the Brewers, who are doing all they can to shore up their weakness on the mound. With Ben Hendrickson and Capellan, I think they will have a good compliment to Ben Sheets shortly, provided they manage to keep Sheets in town.

There's talk of moving Capellan to the bullpen because of his makeup and his stuff. Unless he shows significant durability problems, it would be a waste of his talent.

ETA: Early 2005
4 1/2 Stars

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