There has been much discussion here and elsewhere about Phil Dumatrait, the lefty who is off to a good start at AAA Louisville. Dumatrait, as you will recall, was a highly-touted prospect (a first-round choice) acquired from Boston in the Scott Williamson trade.
I thought it might be interesting to take a look at Dumatrait, given the Reds’ constant need for quality starting pitching. Here’s what prospect guru John Sickels had to say about Dumatrait in his Baseball Prospect Book 2007 (go buy it!):
Dumatrait is a typical lefty, operating with an 87-89 MPH fastball, a curveball, a slider, and a changeup. Although he has the arsenal of a finesse pitcher, he acts more like a power guy, having problems with his command at times, and often falling into a rut of using one pitch too often. He needs to do a better job of mixing his pitches. He did well in Double-A last year, but his ratios took a big hit after he moved up to Triple-A, ending up below average across the board. He is physically recovered from 2004 Tommy John surgery, but is still trying to get his command back to pre-injury levels. Grade C, and a good example of a guy who could disappear quickly, languish in Triple-A for a decade, or figure something out and have a sudden burst of success. Any improvement will show up first in the K/BB ratio.
I saw Dumatrait pitch in Chattanooga a couple of years ago, and I was somewhat impressed at that time. This season bears watching for him; we’ll know soon whether he’s going to be more than a spare part on the major league level.