Sunday, March 06, 2005

Dustin McGowan Report

Dustin McGowan, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Drafted 33rd Overall, 2000 Draft, HS, Ludowici, GA
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'3", 220 lbs

Between elbow injuries, he has smoking stuff, the likes of which keep hitters up at night. A mid 90's fastball, great curve and slider, and a good change. He can mix those 4 offerings well, and when he's been healthy, he's had good control.

2004 New Hampshire: 4.06 ERA, 29 K, 15 BB, 24 H, 4 HR, 31 IP
Career: 3.82 ERA, 429 K, 192 BB, 390 H, 19 HR, 424 IP

McGowan had Tommy John surgery early in the year after posting these numbers. He had a sore elbow and was obviously struggling with his command. Reports are that he's throwing in Spring Training already and looks pretty good.

With McGowan and Brandon League, the Jays have 2 very high ceiling young pitchers. McGowan's arm problems are an issue. If surgery has cleared those problems up, he might be a good candidate to find himself in the Toronto rotation on opening day next season. The Jays need him in order to fend off the Orioles in the race for third in the east.

ETA: Late 2005/Early 2006
3 Stars (with significant upside)



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