Sunday, February 06, 2005

Wilmer Villatoro Report

Wilmer Villatoro, RHP, San Diego Padres
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2000, El Salvador
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'0", 150 lbs

If he makes it to the Major Leagues, Villatoro will be the first big league player ever to come from El Salvador. He's a skinny kid with a big fastball, getting his smoke up into the low to mid 90's, and following it up with a pretty nice slider. In 2004, he served as the setup man for Lake Elsinore, where he recorded a 2.83 ERA, 67 K's, 35 walks, 50 hits, and 4 home runs allowed. On his career, he has a 3.91 ERA with 253 K's, 105 walks, and 173 hits in 214 innings.

He's awfully hard to hit, as witnessed by the abnormally low number of hits against him and very high strikeout rate. He could really benefit from a bit of improvement to his control. He walks more batters than I would like. It hasn't tripped him up at all yet, like it has for various other pitchers. We'll see if that holds up in the high minors in 2005.

ETA: Early 2006
3 Stars

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