Sunday, April 10, 2005

Roman Colon Report

Roman Colon, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1995, Domincan Republic
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'3", 170 lbs

Colon's strikeout rate went from 4.9 per 9 innings with Greenville to 7.8 per 9 with Richmond when the Braves sent him to the bullpen this year. His ERA, walk rate, and hit rate all remained steady through the conversion. The improved ratios really do help his prognosis.

2004 Richmond: 3.65 ERA, 64 K, 22 BB, 72 H, 4 HR, 74 IP
2004 Atlanta: 3.32 ERA, 15 K, 8 BB, 18 H, 0 HR, 19 IP
mL Career: 3.980 ERA, 509 K, 238 BB, 779 H, 43 HR, 753 IP

A couple of interesting notes. He missed the 2000 season for reasons I don't have at my disposal. Another interesting thing is that he's posted an ERA in the 3's at every stop this century discounting the 3 innings he spent in Greenville this season. Lastly, up until this season, he's never been promoted mid-season and he's never repeated a level. Every individual season has one stat line and they all have different team names. That's trivial, but I've stared at one hell of a lot of minor league careers and that' the first time I've ever seen it in a career with more than 2 or 3 seasons.

As to whether Colon will be a good reliever, he should be alright. He might get some time in as a closer at some point, but he'll need health, good performance, and a chance (also known as luck). He's already firmly entrenched as a major league reliever with the Braves. I'm betting on an ERA in the 3's with good ratios.

ETA: About A Week Ago
3 1/2 Stars

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