Sunday, February 06, 2005

Tim Bausher Report

Tim Bausher, RHP, Boston Red Sox
Drafted 819th Overall (27th Rd), 2001 Draft, Kutztown University
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'4", 203 lbs

Bausher is one of the most meandering prospect stories you'll ever hear. He was drafted out of a small Pennsylvania college by the Mariners. Shortly after beginning his pro career, he injured his shoulder and had surgery. The M's released him, and he missed all of 2002. In 2003, he started the season in the independent Northeast League, where he caught the eyes of the Brewers who signed him to a minor league contract. He pitched well for Beloit and then continued right where he left off in the Arizona Fall League, prompting the Brew Crew to add him to the 40 man roster. Then he started out this season for the Brewers in AA Huntsville, where he posted a 3.67 ERA with 54 strikeouts, 19 walks, 53 hits, and 7 home runs allowed in 49 innings. Then he was outrighted by the Brewers and claimed off waivers by the Rockies, who put him in the rotation of AA Tulsa, where he posted a 4.20 ERA, 84 strikeouts, 21 walks, 84 hits, and 12 home runs allowed in 81 innings. The Rockies outrighted him in December, and the Red Sox claimed him and has since removed him from their 40 man roster and signed him to a minor league contract.

The word on his stuff is that he has a mid 90's fastball that has flirted with the high 90's at times along with a sharp, biting slider. He allows a few more home runs than you'd like as he gave up 19 of them in his 130 innings this season. Otherwise, the statistical indicators look above average, with his K rate staying high, and his walk and hit rate staying low. It looks to me like he'd be a decent reliever. I'm a bit surprised that he's bounced around as much as he has. We'll see if Theo Epstein lets him unpack his bags before sending him off to his next destination.

ETA: late 2005
2 1/2 Stars

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