TD's Top Prospects-#19 Pitcher

Posted by Lionel on April 20, 2009.

Brian Schlitter

Rank: #19 Pitcher (TD)

Age: 23

Position(s): RP

Team(s): Clearwater (Florida State League team for the Phillies), Daytona

Acquired: Traded from Phillies for Scott Erye

'08 Key Composite Stats: 2.21 ERA, 67 K's, 9 saves, 1.26 WHIP

Breakdown: While most people viewed the trade of Scott Erye as a way to dump him (including me), the Cubs got a decent prospect back in return in Brian Schlitter. Schlitter is another acquisition made seemingly to improve the organization's depth in strikeout pitchers. His 1.18 K/IP put him 9th in the organization last year. He only had 6 saves in 34 appearances for Clearwater, but added 3 more in the 7 appearances he made for Daytona. The righthander's 2.21 ERA was solid, thanks in large part to yielding only 1 HR in his 57 innings pitched. The only negative was Schlitter's 1.26 WHIP , the second highest among the top 25 pitching prospects, due to his 24 walks. If he can cut down on the walks, the Oak Park product will be a solid prospect.

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