Sunday, February 20, 2005

Josh Muecke Report

Josh Muecke, LHP, Houston Astros
Drafted 149th Overall (5th Rd), 2003 Draft, Loyola Marymount
Bats L/Throws L
22 YO, 6'3", 195 lbs

Muecke is a live arm. That's really the best way to put it. Mechanically he's rough, His off-speed stuff is erratic at best. But he has a great fastball, reaching into the mid 90's with movement and deception.

2004 Lexington: 3.97 ERA, 91 K, 48 BB, 81 H, 8 HR, 104 IP, 37 G, 8 GS
Career: 4.03 ERA, 134 K, 73 BB, 139 H, 10 HR, 159 IP, 51 G, 19 GS

He's hard to hit, but he gives up too many walks. Where have we heard this before? It's a function of those mechanics. If he can turn into his delivery into something that is smoother, he might be able to clear up these problems and become a top notch power reliever. If he can't, he'll be a poor man's Kyle Farnsworth. He obviously has some upside, but there's significant risk involved.

ETA: 2007
2 Stars



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