Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Chris Gruler Report

Chris Gruler, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Drafted 3rd Overall, 2002 Draft, HS, Brentwood, CA
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

Gruler is still on the way back after shoulder surgery in April of 2003. He was the third pick in the 2002 draft on the strength of a fastball that touched the mid 90's and deadly curveball. He only managed 28 innings this season, most of them in the Gulf Coast League. He still has a long way to go and the odds of re-injury are not encouraging. Shoulder surgeries are bad, bad news. If he can recover fully, he could easily get back onto the prospect charts. Baseball America reported that the Reds liked what they saw from Gruler in instructional league work last fall. We'll have to wait and see if that's just PR smoke or if he's really looking good.

ETA: There's no telling
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