I'm a little intrigued by this guy lately. It seems that checking the minor league updates every night that he has been putting up a lot of zeros lately. He seems better since he was put back in the bullpen. Here is what I know:
He's age 25, 6 feet and 7 inches tall, weighs 215 pounds and throws righthanded
Signed as a non-drafted free agent in June of 2003
His 2007 FIP is 3.65 much better than the 4.77 ERA he shows
His 2007 stats are marred by a couple short outings against Jacksonville in mid-June
He seems capable of going multiple innings or for short stints
He was once suspended 50 games for "substances of abuse"
His components show a 10.36 K/9 (big jump from 2006 when it was in the 7 range), 4.99 BB/9 (but below 3 in A+ and AA last year), and .55 HR/9 (consistent with 2006).That's about it. Can anybody fill in any details? Should this guy be in the conversation about potential bullpen help down the road? What does he throw from a types of pitches and stuff perspective? Any detail on the suspension and has he licked his problems?
Any info appreciated.
Re: Justin Mallett
He's been a personal favorite of mine since I saw him pitch w/ the Dragons a couple of times. Seems to be a late bloomer. I remember reading somewhere that he transfered schools his senior season and failed to make the baseball team, but caught on w/ a JUCO team in college (perhaps the 50 game suspension is related to why he couldn't make a high school team, but that is 100% speculation on my part)
I saw him pitch personally w/ Dayton 2x, and once on a television replay. He's never been touted as much of a prospect on Redszone (or elsewhere), but he's put up solid number at every step of the way. IIRC, he doesn't seem to have much of a fastball, but has a real solid changeup. Now I'm no scout, not even close, but I'd say he had an average fastball and a + changeup.
Other than that I can't remember much. If you dig thru the archives, I posted a couple of reports on him when I saw him in person, as well as keeping track of his progress when he moved up from Dayton.
Probably a middling reliever at best, if he ever makes the big leagues. If I remember correctly, his drug suspension was not steriod related; I'm not sure if he's kicked his habit or not (nor I know what he did test positive for)
Re: Justin Mallett
iirc, he throws a FB in the mid-upper 90's. But he had little command. My guess is that he has toned down his FB to command it better. So hopefully he is still around the 93-94 range.
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