Saturday, March 05, 2005

Corwin Malone Report

Corwin Malone, LHP, Chicago White Sox
Drafted 279th Overall (9th Rd), 1999 Draft, HS, Thomasville, AL
Bats R/Throws L
24 YO, 6'3", 200 lbs

There was a time when I was really bullish on Malone. It's probably one of the major contributors to my general paranoia when it comes to control deficient young pitchers. Malone missed all of 2004 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

mL Career: 4.35 ERA, 444 K, 275 BB, 409 H, 461 IP

He has serious problems throwing strikes. Over his career, he's averaged 5.37 walks per nine innings. However, with an explosive low 90's fastball and an erratic, but deadly curveball, he is lethal when he can manage to find the strike zone.

The first objective for Malone is to get healthy. The second should be to iron out his mechanics. His inability to repeat his delivery is most likely what caused his control problems and his elbow injury. That's easier said than done. Some day he might re-emerge as a relevant prospect, possibly in the bullpen, possibly as a starter. We'll just have to wait and see.

ETA: ???
1 1/2 Stars

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