2005 Charleston Pitching Prospect Review

T.J. Beam's Peripherals Were Unreal In 2005

We look at the peripherals stats of the Charleston pitchers this past season, examining the guys who played a majority of the season with Charleston, those who had a minimum of 30 innings with the team and did not collect more than 30 innings at a higher level.

T.J. Beam - RHP

Drafted in the 10th round of the 2003 draft out of the University of Mississippi, Beam finally put up the type of numbers the Yankees believed he could in 2005, his third straight year pitching at the low-A level. Beam's peripherals were phenomenal, averaging better than 12 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and keep opposing hitters in the South Atlantic and Florida State Leagues at bay. He proved he can handle A-ball and at 25-years old, Beam needs to duplicate that same success at the higher levels. If he can put together a strong Spring Training next season, there is a good chance he could be tested at AA-Trenton.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Tampa

3.12

17.1

1.21

3.63

14.0

1.04

.215

A

Charleston

1.66

59.2

1.06

2.72

11.8

0.32

.206



Saydel Beltran - LHP

The 22-year old Beltran, who was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in the summer of 2004, made a name for himself with the Dominican Summer League Yankees by going a perfect 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA before making his U.S. debut with the Charleston Riverdogs this past season. Battling through some injuries, Beltran still had a solid year in the South Atlantic League. Especially dominating against left-handed batters, Beltran averaged nearly 12 strikeouts per nine innings. He still needs a lot more seasoning and he could find his way back into the Charleston bullpen in 2006, but he's more likely to see ample time with Tampa.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

4.45

30.1

1.29

3.56

11.9

0.89

.243



Phil Coke - LHP

Drafted in the 26th round of the 2002 MLB Draft, Coke tallied a grand total of 31 1/3 innings over two seasons in the Yankees' farm system entering the 2005 season. Considering his lack of experience at the professional level, it wasn't surprising to see the 23-year old struggle in his first extended action with the Charleston Riverdogs. His walk ratio was solid, but not many pitchers are going to enjoy too much success when opposing batters are hitting .293 off of them. Injuries and a sub-par performance may have buried him on the depth charts. His initial destination in 2006 should be Charleston, but a logjam of pitching prospects at the lower levels could force Coke into the Tampa mix.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

5.42

103.0

1.51

2.97

5.94

0.96

.293



Christian Garcia - RHP

Drafted in the 3rd round (99th overall) of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Gulliver Prep School, Garcia's overwhelming talent didn't translate into the kind of results many would have expected with Charleston in 2006. In fact, judging from his peripheral stats, Garcia has some work to do at refining his game. His strikeout ratio was very good, but he allowed almost one and half base runners per inning pitched and nearly one home run per nine innings. Still, it was his first look against long-season league batters where he faced competition much older than him. Garcia is a lock to break Spring Training with the Tampa Yankees where he should make the next step towards realizing his vast potential.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

3.91

106.0

1.46

4.50

8.75

0.85

.249



Eric Hacker - RHP

Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft, Hacker missed the entire 2004 season after arm surgery and finally pitched above short-season baseball with the Charleston Riverdogs in 2005 after some grooming in Extended Spring Training. Hacker was nothing short of spectacular in the South Atlantic League, not allowing a home run and posting excellent peripherals across the board. The Yankees were very cautious not to overwork Hacker's arm and he's on pace to break Spring Training in 2006 with the Tampa Yankees.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

1.60

62.0

1.02

2.03

5.81

0.00

.219



Phil Hughes - RHP

If Hacker was spectacular this past season, there are no words to describe the type of dominance shown by Phil Hughes in his first year on the mound. He allowed just one home run all season, kept opposing batters under a .200 average for the entire year, surrendered less than one base runner per inning pitched, and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio near five to one! Hughes didn't get the amount of work in at the high-A level that the Yankees would have liked, due to precautionary reasons. While it would seem logical that Hughes will begin the 2006 season back in Tampa where he finished, Hughes has set his sights on breaking Spring Training with the AA-Trenton Thunder, and we're not about to doubt him.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Tampa

3.06

17.2

0.68

2.04

10.7

0.00

.140

A

Charleston

1.97

68.2

0.87

2.10

9.44

0.13

.192



Jeff Marquez - RHP

Selected 41st overall out of Sacramento Community College as a supplement first round pick in the 2004 MLB Draft, Marquez battled control problems all season long to have a very solid year with the Charleston Riverdogs. The main downside to his peripheral stats was his walk ratio, walking nearly four batters per nine innings. Like Garcia, Marquez will get an opportunity to work on that problem with the Tampa Yankees in 2006. Otherwise, he just needs some refining and experience to find his way up the minor league ladder.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

3.42

139.2

1.42

3.93

6.89

0.26

.257



Mike Martinez - RHP

Drafted in the 8th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Cal-State Fullerton, Martinez had a tale of two seasons with Charleston. Quite dominant in the first half of the season, the changeup specialist faded in the second half. Used primarily as the team's closer, Martinez is not an overpowering closer-type. In fact, Martinez surrendered nearly one and half base runners per inning, a number not indicative of a closer. Throw in the fact opposing South Atlantic League batters hit .290 off of him, Martinez will have some work to do with the Tampa Yankees next season, his likely destination.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

4.02

53.2

1.45

2.52

5.37

0.67

.290



Shaun Parker - LHP

A free agent signee out of Rutgers University in 2004, Parker had a very rough year with the Charleston Riverdogs this past season. He not only averaged more than six walks per nine innings, he wound up striking out just one more batter than he walked all year. Add in the fact that he allowed nearly two base runners per nine innings, Parker's immediate future looks bleak in the Yankees' system. He probably needs some more seasoning in the South Atlantic League next season.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

5.13

54.1

1.79

6.63

6.79

0.33

.268



Kevin Rival - RHP

Signed out of the independent Frontier League, Rival provided some experience and stability in the Charleston bullpen this past season. He kept opposing hitters off balance and he posted some solid peripherals across the board. The problem is Rival is 26 years old, much too old for low-A ball. He is not a true prospect and it remains to be seen if the Yankees will find room for him in the organization next season. His performance with Charleston warrants serious consideration however.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

3.07

55.2

1.33

4.37

9.38

0.65

.224



Josh Smith - RHP

Drafted in the 8th round of the 2003 draft out the University of Texas, Smith had two average seasons in the Yankees' organization before becoming an All-Star caliber pitcher with the Charleston Riverdogs this past season. Smith was an absolute stud with Charleston, showing no negatives at all. His limited time with Tampa was another story though. As good as he was with Tampa, he was equally as bad with Tampa. The 24-year old Smith will most likely find his way back into the Tampa bullpen in 2006 where he'll need to have a repeat performance of his time with Charleston to gain more momentum and continue to open some eyes in the organization.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Tampa

7.30

12.1

2.51

5.84

5.11

0.73

.377

A

Charleston

2.88

50.0

1.16

3.42

10.1

0.54

.213



Chase Wright - LHP

Wright, the Yankees third round selection in the 2001 draft out of Iowa Park High School in Texas, had been a big disappointment in the Yankees' system up until his 2005 season. Entering the year with a 13-21 record and a 4.84 ERA in his career, Wright finished the year as one of Charleston's hottest pitchers. At 10-4 with a 3.75 ERA, Wright was more than solid. The only negative among his peripherals was his rather high walk ratio, walking over four batters per nine innings pitched. He certainly earned a spot in the Tampa rotation next season and the 22-year old still has time to show the Yankees' brass that he has turned a corner.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Charleston

3.75

144.0

1.37

4.31

6.88

0.63

.242


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