Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Jason Hirsh Report

Jason Hirsh, RHP, Houston Astros
Drafted 59th Overall (2nd Rd), 2003 Draft, California Lutheran University
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'8", 250 lbs

Huge kid, raw pitcher. He has a nice mid 90's fastball, but everything else is a work in progress. His secondary stuff still has a long way to go to where it might be described as medium-rare.

2004 Salem: 4.01 ERA, 96 K, 57 BB, 128 H, 8 HR, 130 IP

That walk rate is an eyesore. He needs a lot of mechanical work. College pitchers like this are really risky when you take them high in the draft. Even if they start to click after 2 or 3 years of tinkering, you're still left with a pitching prospect entering his mid 20's. I don't like drafting raw players with anything higher than a 5th round pick, whether that player is a high schooler or a college kid. Sure, the upside is tempting when you're looking at a kid who can crank it up to 95 or 96 with very little training. But all too often they turn into Colt Griffin instead of Randy Johnson.

ETA: 2008
2 Stars

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