Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Boof Bonser Report

Boof Bonser, RHP, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 21st Overall, 2000 Draft, HS, St Petersburg, FL
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'4", 250 lbs

One of TINSTAAP's latest victims. After he breezed up through the lower minors, Bonser looked like a premium prospect, flashing a mid 90's fastball and a curve that was inconsistant, but promising. He was rated the Giants number 2 prospect in 2002 by Baseball America. That shiny, prospecty glow has worn off though as he's failed to impress in recent years, suffering from poor command, gopheritis, and an expanding waistline.

2004 New Britain: 4.37 ERA, 146 K, 56 BB, 160 H, 22 HR, 154 IP
mL Career: 3.65 ERA, 605 K, 306 BB, 535 H, 59 HR, 639 IP

His velocity has declined to where he works around 90 MPH, which wouldn't hurt him nearly as much if he weren't still a thrower and not a pitcher. He needs to work on his command and his approach.

He did perform much better in the second half, but he needs top coninue that and build on it. If he does, he could be a perfectly acceptable major league starter. If not, he'll be a first round disappointment. A move to the bullpen is still a possibility as one would hope that it would help him reclaim some of his lost velocity.

ETA: 2006
2 1/2 Stars

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