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2004 College Pitchers, Part II

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Chris Lambert

Chris Lambert, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (19th overall, Boston College)
Three games, 3 starts, 15 innings for Class A Palm Beach in the Florida State League. 16/4 K/BB 12 hits, 5 runs for a 3.00 ERA. Lambert is pitching quite well, all of his ratios are above average. He was considered somewhat raw for a college pitcher when drafted, due to inconsistent mechanics and a shaky changeup. His command has been good so far this year, but he may not be pushed as quickly as some of the other college guys.

Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota Twins (22nd overall, University of Minnesota)
One game, 1 start for Class A Fort Myers in the FSL, making his first start last Thursday after coming over from extended spring training. Perkins pitched 3 shutout innings, fanning 4 while walking no one and allowing no runs and just 2 hits. Good start to his season. Perkins was impressive in the Midwest League last year after signing. He should see Double-A later this summer. He has reached his physical ceiling at 88-92 MPH, but he changes speeds and throws strikes very effectively.

Taylor Tankersley, LHP, Florida Marlins (27th overall, University of Alabama)
In extended spring training, rehabbing shoulder tendonitis.

Matt Campbell, LHP, Kansas City Royals (29th overall, University of South Carolina)
Four games, 4 starts for Class A Burlington in the Midwest League. Campbell is 0-3 but has pitched better than that record indicates. 18-11 K/BB, 21 hits in 24 innings. K/IP and H/IP are good; but he needs to tone the walks down a bit to carry success forward to higher levels, given that he is not a pure power pitcher.

J.P. Howell, LHP, Kansas City Royals (31st overall, University of Texas)
Four games, 4 starts, 21.1 innings for High Desert in the Class A California League. 23/14 K/BB ratio, 16 hits allowed, 2.11 ERA. Like organization-mate Matt Campbell, Howell is pitching well overall (especially given the context at High Desert), but needs to reduce his walks. The K/IP is very sharp, notable, since Howell is much more pitcher than thrower and lacks a blazing heater.

Zach Jackson, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays (32nd overall, Texas A&M)
Four games, 4 starts, 19.1 innings for Dunedin in the FSL. 15/2 K/BB ratio, but has allowed 26 hits and 17 runs for a 7.45 ERA. K/IP and K/BB are just fine, but he's given up too many hits, resulting in a high ERA. If he keeps his command in gear, he should get better in the other departments. A step behind teammate David Purcey, but there's no reason to panic about Jackson yet.

Justin Orenduff, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (33rd, Virginia Commonwealth)
Three games, 3 starts, 13.2 innings for Vero Beach in the Class A Florida State League. 18/9 K/BB ratio, 7 hits allowed, 6 runs for a 3.95 ERA. Statistics fit the scouting reports perfectly: the K/IP and H/IP are very strong, showing his good stuff, but his walk rate is too high, showing command problems. Needs to improve his control significantly before getting a promotion to Double-A, but it's possible he can just blaze his way through the FSL without learning much.

Tyler Lumsden, LHP, Chicago White Sox (34th, Clemson University)
Elbow surgery for bone spurs; expected to miss all of 2005.

Matt Fox, RHP, Minnesota Twins (35th, University of Central Florida)
Extended spring training.

Huston Street, RHP, Oakland Athletics (40th, University of Texas)
Nine games out of the Oakland major league bullpen, with a 14/3 K/BB ratio in 10.2 innings. Things are going well, well indeed, for a guy 11 months out of college.

Jeff Marquez, RHP, New York Yankees (41st, Sacramento CC)
Four games, 4 starts, 17.2 innings pitched for Class A Charleston in the Sally League. 17/13 K/BB ratio with 22 hits allowed, 5.60 ERA. Marquez is showing good stuff according to the K/IP mark, but his other numbers are much less impressive. It's early, and he is less experienced than the four-year college guys so direct comparisons may be unfair.