Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Billy Traber Report

Billy Traber, LHP, Cleveland Indians
Drafted 16th Overall, 2000 Draft, Loyola Marymount
Bats L/Throws L
25 YO, 6'5", 205 lbs

Traber is still out after having Tommy John surgery in September of 2003. His long recovery is troubling. When he's healthy, he has a fastball that only reaches the upper 80's, but is deceptive. He also throws a split finger fastball and a nice curve. When he comes back, it will be as a middle reliever.

2003 Cleveland: 5.24 ERA, 88 K, 40 BB, 132 H, 15 HR, 112 IP
mL Career: 3.01 ERA, 239 K, 68 BB, 297 H, 11 HR, 315 IP

The performance record indicates a reasonably talented pitcher. Because of his stuff, he won't ever be a big star, but he could return to become a decent left reliever, transcending the standard LOOGY career death trap. The upside here is Mike Remlinger.

ETA: ??
2 Stars

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