Rank: #20 Pitcher (TD), #29 Prospect in Indians System (BA)
Team(s): Lake County (Low A affiliate of the Indians)
Acquired: trade with Indians for Mark DeRosa
'08 Key Composite Stats: 3.38 ERA, 34 appearances, 64 IP, 100 K's
Breakdown: The second member of the DeRo trade on the top 25 pitcher list, John Gaub seemed to be part of JH's plan to acquire more strikeout pitchers. Upon arrival, the lefthander moved to the top of the list in K's per IP (or the more common K/9) in the Cubs organization. Granted, it was for a different team in a different league, but 1.56 strikeouts per inning? If his WHIP (1.19) and ERA (3.38) were lower, he'd be a terrific prospect. The other thing I like is the 1.88 innings per outing, meaning he often faced the majority of the opposing team's lineup.