Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Adam Harben Report

Adam Harben, RHP, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 452nd Overall (15th Rd), 2002 Draft, Westlake Community College
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'1", 205 lbs

Harben is a nice surprise for the Twins. They didn't expect much when they drafted him out of a JuCo. He's developed into a real prospect. His stuff has become pretty filthy, with a mid 90's fastball with a slider and change complimenting it. He's put up excellent strikeout rates everywhere he's gone. He doesn't allow many hits. And he's done a very nice job of keeping the ball in the park. However, as I've said with probably 75 pitchers before him, this guy needs to improve his command and control. He walks too many batters and if he plans on climbing the ladder, he needs to stop giving out free passes.

2005 Ft Myers: 2.97 ERA, 62 K, 34 BB, 48 H, 3 HR, 64 IP
2004 Quad Cities: 3.09 ERA, 171 K, 68 BB, 114 H, 5 HR, 143 IP
mL Career: 3.42 ERA, 337 K, 145 BB, 280 H, 13 HR, 318 IP

All reports indicate that he's a good athlete and his mechanics look good. He just needs to figure out how to put the ball in the zone. If he does that, then he stands a good chance of riding the express elevator to one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. The Twins have a very good minor league system and guys like Harben are a big part of that. They have great depth and even if most of these guys flame out, they'll still have a handful of very nice young players. Harben is a lottery ticket. If he works out, the Twins have hit the jackpot and can boast another #1 starter and all it cost them was a 15th round pick and a nominal bonus. If he doesn't work out, you might not hear from him again.

ETA: 2008ish
3 1/2 Stars

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