Thursday, February 10, 2005

Tom Oldham Report

Tom Oldham, LHP, Seattle Mariners
Drafted 236th Overall (8th Rd), 2003 Draft, Creighton
Bats L/Throws L
22 YO, 6'2", 208 lbs

According to Jeff Sullivan, Oldham is a finesse lefty speeding headlong into the AA wall. From the looks of it, he may be right on that assessment. He has a high 80's fastball and a curve that's only useful for keeping hitters from sitting on "heater". The average stuff is backed up only by control, and not just any control. This is the kind of control that would be the envy of pushy, demanding, high-maintenance girlfriends the world over. He's walked 59 batters in 222 career minor league innings. Here are his lines.

2004: Wisconsin: 2.93 ERA, 132 K, 30 BB, 108 H, 15 HR, 117 IP
2004: Inland Empire: 3.21 ERA, 56 K, 6 BB, 47 H, 5 HR, 42 IP
Career: 2.96 ERA, 251 K, 59 B, 203 H, 22 HR, 222 IP

One out of every couple hundred of these guys turns into Jamie Moyer, but even then you're talking about a pitcher who toes a very thin line between frustrating hitters with his command, and inducing whiplash in his fielders from all the balls flying very quickly over their heads into the stands. Oldham hasn't even faced advanced hitters and he's already giving up more home runs than you'd like to see. The minute he stops striking batters out at a torrid pace, it will be a bloodbath.

ETA: 2008
2 Stars

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