Sunday, June 15, 2008

Prospect Profile: RHP Daniel McCutchen (#14)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9, Norfolk 0Winless in four starts since being promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, right hander Daniel McCutchen tossed easily his best start this season last night, a complete game shutout against the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park.

For McCutchen (1-4), the 9-0 win marks the first complete game in his pro career. The 25-year-scattered six singles, walked no one, and struck out four. He retired the first 10 batters he faced and needed just 102 pitches to complete the contest.

Daniel McCutchen's Line (6/14):

9 IP 6 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 4 SO 0 HR 102 Pitches - 71 Strikes

Scouting Report: RHP Daniel McCutchenRHP Daniel McCutchen, New York Yankees

It took the Yankees two attempts to nab right hander Daniel McCutchen. Drafted out of high school by New York in 2003, McCutchen instead chose to attend the University of Oklahoma. After turning down offers from the Rays (2004) and the Cardinals (2005), the Yankees went back to the well, drafting him in the 13th round of the 2006 draft.

McCutchen is a control pitcher (2.04 walks per nine). The knock on him is a lack of any true out pitch.

Daniel McCutchen's Repetoire:

4-Seam Fastball: 91-93 mph (top at 94), locates well.
2-Seam Fastball: 89-91 mph, unspectacular movement.
Curveball: Best pitch, low 80s with power.
Splitter: Late tail and sink.

According to BA's 2008 prospect handbook, McCutchen's future may be in the bullpen. "McCutchen pitches aggressively, which shows in his delivery at times and in his mound demeanor. The Yankees have worked with him to tone down somewhat.

Development/Progress: -- Daniel McCutchen's Career Stats --

Drafted in 2006, McCutchen worked in nine games that same year. Pitching for both Staten Island and Charleston, he posted an ERA just over 2.00 in 30 innings. Unfortunately, McCutchen then tested positive for a prescription amphetamine. The suspension continued into 2007.

Upon his return, McCutchen started at Tampa (A+). After posting an 11-2 record, 2.50 ERA, and a 1.06 WHIP, despite a low strikeout rate (5.97/9) the Yankees bumped him up to Double-A Trenton. The promotion didn't faze him as he finished with a 2.41 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with the Thunder.

Baseball America Prospect Rankings: 2007 - 30th, 2008 - 14th.

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