Friday, June 13, 2008

RHP Scott Bittle, University of Mississippi (75th Overall)

RHP Scott Bittle - New York Yankees 2nd Round Choice(Joseph) Scott Bittle, RHP
Ole Miss R/R, 6-2, 185
Hometown: Texarkana, Tx

STATUS: Unsigned
The Yankees failed to ink 2nd-round pick Scott Bittle before the deadline. Team doctors balked at tests that they said revealed problems with his shoulder.

Statheads are quick to point out that Scott Bittle compares favorably with Joshua Fields (selected 20th overall by Seattle). The Yankees second round draft choice doesn’t light up the radar gun however, so he may be overlooked. Instead, Bittle relys on a mid-80s cut fastball – with late life. Bittle commands the pitch well, throwing the offering 80 percent of the time.

Bittle, an All-American taken by the Yankees in the 48th round last season, uses a 91 mph fastball to keep hitters honest and a split-finger changeup, often used with two strikes. All three of Bittle’s pitches are plus pitches when you consider his plus command and pitchability.

Viewed as a potential first-round selection, Baseball America viewed the right hander as a top 50 pick.

In his junior season at Ole Miss, Bittle posted Nintendo-like numbers. He dominated SEC hitters with a 7-1 record, 8 saves, a 1.78 ERA, while holding opponents to a .145 batting average. He struck out 130 and walked 30 in 70.2 innings.

The junior led the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts during the regular season, earning All-SEC Second Team honors as he also was named a semi-finalist for the Clemens Award and the Stopper of the Year.

Bittle profiles as a strong setup man. He should be a fast mover. Depending on when he decides to sign, he could be available for the majors as soon as late 2009.

Q&A – Scott Bittle, New York Yankees 2nd Round Draft Choice

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