Continuing the search for homegrown pitchers –
AAA (not on 40 man roster)
– Chris Enochs (29 yrs old 1st round by the A’s in 97 – was OOB for 2 years – looks like he hasn’t been healthy for most of his career – has a 3:1 K:BB and a 4.15 ERA – this was his first decent year like ever – forget starting, but maybe relieving?)
– Jared Fernandez – 32 year old knuckleballer – undrafted FA in 94. Started 6 games for us in 03, went 3-3 with a 3.99 ERA. Started 1 game for us lst year, gave up 6 ER in 1 IP and went back down. Where he’ll stay.
– Jeremy Griffith – 26 years old – drafted 3rd round 1999 – we got him in the Hidalgo trade to the Mets this year. (we also got David Weathers – released, and Dan Wheeler) He’s not real too good – about a 4BB/9 IP and 5K/9 IP and a 1:1 BB:K ratio. Which is why we didn’t protect him. Maybe someone can teach him to pitch…
– Phillip Barzilla (25 yr old, homeboy from Rice (was a reliever there), 4th round 01 draft – about 33 IP/yr, hi BB and lo K – too bad – if I remember, they thought he would be a future closer. Nope.)
– Heath Bost (30 yr old – 18th round by colorado – is definitely minor league – low K and too many BB)
– Miguel Saladin (29 – undrafted from the DR in 95 – lo K, hi BB – definitely minor league)
AA (not on 40 man roster)
– DJ Houlton (25 yr old, 11th round 01 – overmatched in AAA last year, sent back down to AA – looked good this yr – 2.94 ERA, 9K/IP and 2.66 BB/IP – will probably be promoted this year – guess he wasn’t protected cuz he’s “old” but if he does well in AAA, he might could at least relieve. Why would Bullinger be better? Oh yeah, Proven Veteran ™ – but face it, we sure nuff do need relievers too.
– Tim McClasky – will be 29 years old – 36th round 1995 – not bad – 4.62 ERA in 140 IP with 6K/ 9IP and 2.3 BB/ 9IP. He’s durable, but at his age, he’ll be lucky to sniff AAA.
– Greg Powell – 26 year old – did barely OK in 03 in AA, but last year, he did, um, terrible in both AA and AAA. So unless he was hurt and got fixed, forget this guy.
A few more guys who might could have a chance:
– Shaun Babula (16th round in 99 from, are you ready, Philadelphia College of Textiles – who woulda thunk they had any sports teams – 27 yrs old last year – had, uh, a bad year),
– Mike Burns (26 years old – 30th round 00 draft – this guy looks GOOD ERA 1.67 in 82 IP, hi K lo BB- I hope no one takes him in the rule 5,
– Jesse Carlson (23 yr old – 15th round 02, think they’re grooming him to be a closer, but was used to mop up in AA and he needs another year there. fer sher),
– Denny McDaniel (lefty, looks pretty good, 3.48 ERA in 75 IP with a decent K/9 and BB/9),
– Trey Poland (taken from an indy league, only 11 IP, but looks OK, obviously needs more timer) and
– Santiago Ramirez (a 26 year old closer – has been in AAA twice, didn’t zackly sparkle, figger he’s in the minors to stay. Even though he did very well this year.)
Can we please assume that there aren’t any Mark Priors in our A ball or Rookie clubs. Thank you.
1) doesn’t look as if we have anyone in AAA or AA who could start in 05 for the Astros. (Could Enochs relieve, prove himself and maybe start later in the year?)
2) in AAA, we have a few guys who seemed to have promise but have gotten stuck – Taylor Buchholz, Brandon Duckworth, Tim Redding, Jeremy Griffiths. WHY are they stuck? Do they really have problems that no pitching coach can help? Has the organization just shrugged its shoulders and decided to concentrate on someone else?
As Jeff Angus, management expert says, “in big organizations, the wasting of talent is pandemic.”
Yall know about the very strict age prejudices that exist in baseball – do they really hafta insist that if you aren’t MLB ready by 26, to heck with you – and WHY do they insist that? Might could some of these guys benefit from a different pitching instructor? Redding and Duckworth were tried as relievers last year and failed miserably. Could Griffiths and Buchholz succeed? I have no earthly idea why so much talent is not developed and can’t offer any reasons.
3) DJ Houlton and Mike Burns in AA look as though they might could have some promise. If we don’t get all hung up about age. Maybe they might could relieve.
4) Amazing how many ML pitchers we have who aren’t from the first 3 rounds in the draft, isn’t it (think I’ll do Part 3 on this)
– definite starters in 05 – Oswalt, Backe, Pettitte
– possible starters in 05 – Qualls, Hernandez, Munro, Redding
– doubtful starters in 05 – Griffiths, Buchholz, Duckworth (nooooooooo)
– maybe at the end of the year starters in 05 – Astacio, Gothreaux, Holton
– PLEASE COME BACK starter in 05 – Roger Clemens
– minor league relief possibilities in 05 – Astacio, Gothreaux, Holton, Burns, Enochs, Griffiths, Fernandez, Griffiths, Buchholz
I think we’ll need some FA help…..
By the way – absolutely NO Astro news in the past few weeks. I don’t think Carlos Beltran will sign with anyone before January at the earliest.