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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Prospect Report: II: Bobby Brownlie

I know I promised this Sunday, but I was out of town for a wedding and then ended up staying in Cincinnati for a night to watch the Dodgers beat the Reds.

The Cubs Drafted Brownlie in 2002 in the 1st round with the 21st pick of the draft. At the time he was considered the top pitching prospect in draft and fell that far due to signability issues. When drafted he had a 12-6 curve ball and a fastball that was consistently in the low 90's and sometimes could reach 96-97 mph. He did well his first season in the minors while being on a limited inning count due to arm problems in past. Last year his fast ball lost velocity and was in the 87-90 mph. In Baseball America he fell out of the top 10 Cubs prospects this year and hasn't done much this season to prove them wrong. This season the Cubs decided that Brownlie should be in Iowa and he has been getting hit hard when he is not walking people. In 6 starts this season he has gone 34.1 innings this year he has given up 33 hits, 15 walks, 20 k's, 3 wp and has an ERA of 5.77. His latest start did produce a little better results: 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 5 k's. While not by any means a dominating start, it is better compared to overall stats for season. Hopefully the Cubs can get him back on track because despite all the raving of their minor league pitching the Cubs sure do seem to be losing a lot to injury or to just disappointments.


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