Saturday, March 12, 2005

Kameron Loe Report

Kameron Loe, RHP, Texas Rangers
Drafted 592nd Overall (20th Rd), 2002 Draft, Cal State Northridge
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'8", 220 lbs

You don't see too many 6'8" finesse pitchers, but Loe is one of them. His fastball only gets into the upper 80's. He compliments his "fastball" with a changeup and a curve.

2004 Frisco: 3.27 ERA, 91 K, 27 BB, 117 H, 5 HR, 104 IP
2004 Oklahoma: 3.27 ERA, 42 K, 13 BB, 52 H, 6 HR, 52 IP
2004 Texas: 5.40 ERA, 3 K, 6 BB, 6 H, 0 HR, 6 IP
mL Career: 2.85 ERA, 313 K, 82 BB, 337 H, 18 HR, 350 IP

Despite what Adam Morris reports as an inability to pick an arm slot and go with it (he has used 3/4 and overhand interchangably), he's maintained good control, never giving up too many free passes. We've seen a few pitchers who have frequently changed arm angles to throw hitters off. Orlando Hernandez comes to mind. I don't recommend the technique though. Keeping consistant mechanics is hard enough as it is.

With his control, deception, and his above average off-speed offerings, he could have a big breakthrough if he could manage to milk a few more MPH out of the heater, making it a real "out" pitch. For now, he looks like a future swing starter or 4th/5th starter.

ETA: Mid/Late 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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