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Sunday, March 6, 2011

2011 Scouting Report 40-man roster, Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee- #35
24 years old (25 in April)
2nd major league season (5th professional season)
6'1" 200 pounds
Bats R/Throws R
Profile: Drafted in 2007 in the 21st round out of University of Texas-Arlington, and signed for $20,000. Although he doesn't have the best 'stuff', which will be described below, he is a fierce competitor. He opted for rehab instead of surgery on a slight labral tear which ended his 2009 season, but returned last year to throw 194 innings between AAA and 5 starts with the Mets in September.
The Good: He had great strikeout rates in AAA last year, which were the best of his minor league career (9.2K/9). He also minimized walks (2.3 W/9) in AAA in a 161 innings. He then started five games for the Mets in September and had a shiny 2.18 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, which gave a lot of Mets fans hope.
"Stuff": Below average fastball (89-91) with good command (except when he got to the majors), a plus change-up (81-82 mph), and mixes in a slider (79-81 mph) and 'slurvy' curve (72 mph), although from my look at spring training, he is trying out a knuckle-curve.
The Bad: He has below average velocity (88-91mph) and fringe stuff for a right-handed major leaguer. He has little margin for error, so he can get hit hurt if he can't locate his pitches. He was very prone to the long ball last year, and let up 23 HR in 161 innings in AAA, which was the 2nd most in the International League. Also of concern, was in his 33 major league innings in September, he walked 15 and only struck out 17; that's a recipe for disaster. He was ranked #22 and #23 on the Mets prospect list last year, and is listed as #16 this year with Baseball America, and #18 on Baseball Prospectus.

Projected Role: A "crafty righty"/a fringe major leaguer/long man/AAAA pitcher.

Video from Spring Training: Based on my knowledge about Gee from last year, I didn't feel it was necessary to spend much time watching him throw his bullpen this year. But here is a short clip from the 3rd base side.

2011 Previous Scouting Reports:
R.A. Dickey
D.J. Carrasco
Chris Capuano
Taylor Buchholz
Pedro Beato
Manuel Alvarez
Manny Acosta

Next Scouting Report: J Mejia

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