Saturday, May 07, 2005

Mike Jones Report

Mike Jones, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Drafted 12th Overall, 2001 Draft, HS, Phoenix, AZ
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'4", 200 lbs

Jones is out for 2005 with labrum surgery, but even before that I was never a big fan. I just never saw the hype. When he's healthy, he sports a low 90's fastball and a curve, but he's always walked far too many hitters for my tastes.

2004 Huntsville: 4.18 ERA, 16 K, 13 BB, 22 H, 24 IP
mL Career: 3.03 ERA, 243 K, 132 BB, 273 H, 294 IP

So that's your big story. He has good strikeout and hit rates, but you just can't be a successful major league starter when you walk 4 men every 9 innings. It just doesn't work that way unless you strike out enough guys to never give up a hit. I don't care if he did put up really good ERA's in 2002 and 2003.

The control problems and injury combine to put his prospect credentials on the rocks. He has a lot of work to do even if he comes back at full strength.

ETA: ??
2 Stars

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