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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Scouting Report Tyler Chatwood

If you read any information about Chatwood, and you will hear the same 4 or 5 things

  • Bulldog and aggressive mentality, won't quit on anything
  • Can throw mid-90s, with a knee-buckling mid 70s curve, with an improved change-up but needs to continued refinement
  • Has command issues, although it's improved, he still elevates his fastball
  • Diminutive (5'11"), most teams were going to draft him as a SS/CF (he's athletic enough to do it), but was signed away from UCLA when the Angels signed him in the 2nd round in 2008.
  • Despite being only 21 years old, some folks in the Angels organization compare him to Roy Oswalt (Oswalt was still in A ball at that age).
He came into the year ranked the #2-4 prospect in the Angels system, and he pitched only 1 inning in AAA this year (6 last year). He's 3-4 in 13 starts (75 innings), with a 4.20 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. He's not missing many bats (5% swing and miss rate) and it shows in his pedestrian 4.7 K/9. And the command issues which were highlighted above are clearly evident, as his BB/9 rate is 4.5. He's had 5 games this year that he's allowed 4+ runs, including his last 2 starts. He throws 1st pitch fastball 73% of the time, which is the same % of fastball's he throws in any count. His curveball accounts for 18%, with him throwing only a handful of change-ups a game.

Some people project him to be a front-line starter if he can harness his stuff/improve his command, but others think his mainly 2-pitch arsenal profiles better as a bullpen arm.

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