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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scouting Graham Godfrey

This was the hardest scouting report I've had to write, because no one has a lot of info on this guy. He's 26 years old (27 in August), and just made his major league debut earlier this month when Brett Anderson went on the DL. He isn't on any top 11, 20 or even top 30 prospect lists. He was drafted in the 34th round by the Blue Jays in 2006, and was traded to the A's in 2007 for Marco Scutaro. With that being said, he did outpitch Tim Lincecum last week (7 innings, 6 hits, 1 earned run).

Godfrey had 9-AAA starts (50 innings), and had a K/9 > 8, BB/9 < 2.5, and a 2.50 ERA, so very respectable numbers. He's 1-0 in his 2 starts for the A's, but his K/9 rate is underwhelming (< 4); he is minimizing walks (1.59 BB/9), and his ERA is 4.76, with a 1.50 WHIP.

He's a 4-pitch pitcher, 91 mph fastball, 76 mph curve, 81 mph slider, and 82 mph change. None of his secondary pitches are above-average. He uses his fastball and curve as his favorite pitches with 2 strikes, and in true small sample size fashion, he has thrown a fastball in a 3-2 count 100% of the time in his 2 major league starts.

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