Friday, February 04, 2005

Brad Halsey Report

Brad Halsey, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Drafted 246th Overall (8th Rd), 2002 Draft, Texas
Bats L/Throws L
23 YO, 6'1", 180 lbs

Halsey is another piece of that cumbersome Big Unit/Shawn Green deal. He's a command and control lefty who's about 5 MPH on his fastball away from being a top 50 prospect. As it is, he just doesn't walk anybody and hopes that the ball stays in the park.

Halsey spent most of 2005 in Columbus, where he posted a 2.62 ERA with 109 K's, 37 walks, 128 hits, and 8 home runs allowed in 144 innings. He got hammered, with a 6.47 ERA in 32 innings for the Yankees, but that may or may not be indicative of what he's facing in the Major Leagues. I'd like to see how his velocity is affected by working out of the bullpen. As Jeremy Affeldt and Eric Gagne have shown us, sometimes pitchers pick up significant velocity when they know they don't have to go more than a couple innings in a game. Halsey currently projects as a 5th starter with his high 80's fastball and B- slider. If you boost that fastball into the low 90's, he might end up being a very competant reliever given his control and ability to keep the ball in the park. He just needs to miss a few more bats.

ETA: Now
3 1/2 Stars

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