PP 2004 Scouting Report: RP, Chris Kemlo

RP, Chris Kemlo

The New York Yankees selected right handed pitcher Chris Kemlo in the 34th round (1025th overall) of the 2001 amateur draft. Kemlo was drafted straight out of junior college at the age of only 19 years old after playing high school ball in Oshawa, Ontario. After playing a full year with the Santa Fe Saints, where he pitched beautifully, he was signed by Yankee scout Dick Groch who has signed players in the past such as Drew Henson and Derek Jeter. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Vital Statistics;
Name: Chris Kemlo
Position: Pitcher
DOB: September 23, 1983
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 200
Place of Residence: Oshawa, Ontario
How Acquired: The New York Yankees selected right handed pitcher Chris Kemlo in the 34th round (1025th overall) of the 2001 amateur draft.

Chris Kemlo spent his career in high school as a pitcher that became well known as one of the better players in the province. However, he knew that he had to keep moving in his baseball career in order to be considered in the baseball amateur draft. So, Kemlo moved on to play junior college baseball in the United States for the Santa Fe Saints. It was there that Kemlo began to draw a lot of attention from major league scouts as he had a tremendous season. He led the team in many statistical categories such as his 3.48 ERA, 7 victories, and 67.1 innings pitched as well. Also, his strikeout to walk ratio was second on the team, standing at 52 strikeouts and 28 walks. From this point on, Kemlo was no longer the long shot for the draft that he had once been.

Despite all the surprising attention that Kemlo was receiving from scouts from around the league, one team that showed the most interest in him was the New York Yankees. Kemlo was eventually approached by one of the Yankees top scouts, Dick Groch. This one time longshot all of a sudden became a top prospect when he was signed by Groch after he was drafted in the 34th round by the Yankees.

After Chris Kemlo was under contract to the Yankee organization, he was promptly assigned to their Gulf Coast League affiliate for the 2002 season. At the age of only 19, he had a fairly solid first season in the Gulf, going 1-0 with a 4.19 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched.

The next season, Kemlo really showed great talent after a no more than adequate season in 2002. In 2003, Kemlo was spectacular out of the bullpen. Once again, he was playing in the Gulf Coast League and put up a 1-2 record with a dazzling 2.79 ERA in 19 innings pitched. He also racked up an impressive 27 strikeouts in only 13 appearances as well. As a result of his stellar performance, Kemlo was promoted to the high A Tampa Yankees later in the 2003.

Even though it didn't seem possible that Kemlo could have been much better than he was in the Gulf Coast League, he continued to improve. He went 3-1 with Tampa , while compiling a 1.74 ERA over a span of 10.1 innings pitched.

Chris Kemlo has been much more successful in his minor league career than anyone in the baseball world ever would have predicted. As he did on draft day, he continues to surprise as he makes his way towards the big leagues.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

GCL Yankees

1-2

3

19.1

18

6

27

2.79


*Stats as of 9/7/03

Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball.

Fastball. Chris Kemlo has a good moving fastball at the top of his repertoire and has learned to utilize it very well in his young career. His fastball is not tremendous by any means and he is not going to completely blow hitters away with it, but it is still in the low 90's and tops out maybe around 93. However, he does manage to strike quite a few hitters out with it as a result of incredibly good command and movement.

Other Pitches. To go along with an excellent moving fastball, Kemlo has a good curveball to go along with it. Again, none of his pitches, including his curve, are going to amaze anyone but he does know how to locate his pitches and use them intelliegently.

Pitching. As mentioned earlier, Chris Kemlo is the definition of an intelligent pitcher. He moves the ball around and hits his spots extremely well. He keeps the hitters off balance and is able to pick up a more than an adequate amount of strikeouts despite his much less than electric stuff.

Projection. Right now, Kemlo is a relief pitcher in the Yankee organization and that is likely going to be where he remains for the rest of his career as well. It seems that he wil probably never be a closer type but he could still be an excellent middle reliever.

ETA. 2007. This seems to be the date that Chris Kemlo could arrive in the big leagues after a few more years in the minors. He ended the 2003 season with Tampa and it seems that he will play the 2004 season there as well. Then he will probably play his 2005 season with AA Trenton and and 2006 with Columbus. After that, if there are no setbacks, Kemlo may be ready to play in the majors by spring training in 2007.

Relief Pitchers

2003 Team

Scott Proctor

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Sam Marsonek

AAA - Columbus Clippers

David Shepard

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Adam Roller AA - Trenton Thunder
Rik Currier AA - Trenton Thunder
Charlies Isaacson AA - Trenton Thunder
Francisco Villegas AA - Trenton Thunder
Matt Brumit A - Battle Creek Yankees
Jason Stephens R - Gulf Coast Yankees
Tyler Clippard R - Gulf Coast Yankees


COMMENTS


As of right now, it seems that the Yankee organization is much more interested in instant satisfaction especially when it comes to their bullpen in which they have spent top dollar to improve upon this past winter. Rather than try to develop the next Mariano Rivera, (the only Yankee reliever that came from the farm system) they have consistently gone out and have benefited from the free agent, trade and foreign markets. However, with older and more fragile pitchers in the pen, the Yankees may be looking for their young guns in the farm system to step up and play major roles in the next few years.

1. Scott Proctor- Had an impressive minor league career in the Dodger organization and didn't miss a beat after he was acquired by the Yankees. He possesses a 100 mile per hour fastball and has tremendous strikeout potential as he proved in his 2003 stats. In his time with Columbus in 2003, Proctor posted a 1.42 and struck out an incredible 26 batters in only 19 IP (just with Yankees). Has electric stuff and could be a very good big league reliever in the near future.

2. Sam Marsonek- Marsonek took over the full time closers job in Columbus last year and did an adequate job by racking up a total of 18 saves and posting a 4.84 ERA. He struggled at some points with control and consistency but certainly has a lot of potential.

3. David Shepard- It may be getting a little late for David Shepard, considering the fact that is already 30 years old and 2003 was his first good season in the Yankee organization. However, don't give up on him quite yet, he could still be an effective reliever in the majors if he continues to pitch well in the minors.

4. Adam Roller- The 25 year old righty has collected 47 minor league saves in his 7 seasons in the minor leagues. In his best season in 2001, he compiled 23 saves while posting a 1.20 ERA. He may be sleeper in the organization and could be a guy to watch in the very near future.

5. Rik Currier- Since his college years, the Yankee organization has more or less converted him to a full time reliever. He has a deep repertoire for a reliever which also adds to his effectiveness. In college he was #2 in the USC rotation to star Cubs pitcher Mark Prior and at the time scouts considered that his skills were comparable to Prior's. Their paths ended up being very different but there is no doubt that Currier certainly has all the potential in the world.

6. Charlie Isaacson- Has shown himself to be a very solid and consistent relief pitcher at a every level that he has pitched on, which includes pitching in Battle Creek, Tampa, and Trenton all in the same season. He may have a very nice future ahead of him as a major league pitcher if all continues as it has been in his career.

7. Francisco Villegas- he is a very good strikeout pitcher that has pitched as a setup man throughout his minor league career. Despite this, scouts believe that he could also make a very solid closer with the excellent fastball that he has.

8. Matt Brumit- Brumit has become the full time closer at every level he has played at in the organization and has done a fantastic job at it. In his 2 seasons in the organization he has compiled an outstanding total of 46 saves.

9. Jason Stephens- Had a rough go of it in his first year n the organization, posting a 4.55 ERA and going 0-2. On the other hand, he is still thought of as one of the top relief pitching prospects in the organization.

10. Tyler Clippard- Was the Yankees 9th round pick in the 2003 Draft. He had a very solid season in the Gulf Coast, compiling an impressive 2.89 ERA with an outstanding 56 strikeouts in only 43.2 IP while only walking 5. Clippard thrived as a relief pitcher and impressed many, but despite his endless potential he still needs a lot of work before he is a major league ready.

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