Monday, April 25, 2005

Steve Andrade Report

Steve Andrade. RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Drafted 959th Overall (32nd Rd), 2001 Draft, Cal State Stanislaus
Bats R/Throws R
27 YO, 6'1", 200 lbs

Andrade is a reliever with a 90 MPH fastball, a brutal slider, and a herky-jerky delivery that adds some deception. He's a fringe prospect from a small school, but has put up some pretty impressive numbers in the past. He was originally Angels property, but was claimed off waivers by Toronto this winter.

2004 Arkansas: 2.44 ERA, 59 K, 12 BB, 37 H, 4 HR, 48 IP
2004 Salt Lake City: 4.61 ERA, 17 K, 8 BB, 15 H, 1 HR, 13 IP
pre-2005 mL Career: 2.82 ERA, 286 K, 66 BB, 144 H, 8 HR, 201 IP

He struggled in AAA, but I'm not going to hold that against him because of the sample size and Salt Lake City's park effects. The bigger knock against him is his age. He was drafted and made his pro debut at 23.

The Blue Jays sent him to the Eastern League to start the year. If he continues to get outs, he'll get a shot. He's a sleeper prospect as he could find himself in middle relief for the Jays by midseason. On the other hand, he could end continue to be an anonymous minor league reliever for the rest of his career.

ETA: Late 2005?
3 Stars

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