Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Jason Kaanoi Report

Jason Kaanoi, RHP, Kansas City Royals
Drafted 194th Overall (7th Rd), 2000 Draft, HS, Honolulu, HI
Bats L/Throws R
22 YO, 5'11", 200 lbs

This groundball machine has been brought along slowly after being drafted out of a Hawaii high school. After 2 full seasons in Burlington, he started 2005 back in the Midwest League before earning his way up to Wilmington. He's a fastball/splitter guy who gets into the low 90's with his heater.

2004 Burlington: 2.83 ERA, 42 K, 15 BB, 45 H, 1 HR, 54 IP
2004 Wilmington: 1.37 ERA, 24 K, 13 BB, 23 H, 1 HR, 46 IP
Career: 4.30 IP, 229 K, 120 BB, 362 H, 20 HR, 354 IP

His command is pretty good, and while I'd like to see him miss more bats, groundball specialists can survive with less than optimal strikeout rates keeping the ball in the park and inducing harmless grounders to the second baseman. I'm not sure whether Kaanoi projects better as a reliever or as a starter. That path with probably be determined by his own performance. He's been used quite a bit in both roles. He'll probably start 2005 with the Royals new HiA affiliate, High Desert. Keeping the ball down in the zone will be critical for any pitcher in that park (and league), so Kaanoi is well suited to make that transition.

ETA: Late 2007
3 Stars

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