Sunday, March 27, 2005

Eude Brito Report

Eude Brito, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1998, Dominican Republic
Bats L/Throws L
26 YO, 5'11", 160 lbs

I love the name, I love the radar gun readings, I don't love the control. Brito is a lefty with a mid 90's heater and a decent breaking ball.

2004 Reading: 4.42 ERA, 84 K, 41 BB, 95 H, 10 HR, 98 IP
mL Career: 3.78 ERA, 310 K, 143 BB, 345 H, 27 HR, 374 IP

He's on the Phillies 40 man roster, but he'll start the season in Wilkes-Barre, trying to harness his stuff. He could be deadly if he just could improve his control a little bit. When you're a lefty with that much gas, you don't have to be Zach Greinke to be effective, you just have to get it reasonably close.

I'm fairly pessimistic about his chances since he is closing in on his late 20's. It's always a possibility that a pitcher of any age will change a grip on a pitch, learn a new pitch, or make a mechanical tweak that ends up completely changing his career. That likelihood goes progressively down as that pitcher gets older. If Brito doesn't clean up his command, then he has a career as a standard issue AAA reliever ahead of him. If he does clean up the control, he could be a pretty good major leaguer not confined to the drudgery of life as a LOOGY.

ETA: 2006
2 1/2 Stars

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