Up next in our prospect countdown, quite possibly the breakout star of not only the Angel farm system, but maybe all of minor league baseball, pitcher Matt Shoemaker. From undrafted to Texas League Pitcher of the Year, is his big season for real and, if so, what can Halo fans expect from him?
Position: Starting Pitcher Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'2" Weight: 225 lbs.
Age: 24 Born: September 27, 1986
2011 Season Stats (AA): 12-5, 156.1 IP, 2.48 ERA, 132 H, 17 HR, 35 BB, 129 K, 3.79 FIP, .261 BABIP, 0.80 GO/AO
2011 Season Stats (AAA): 0-2, 21.0 IP, 8.14 ERA, 28 H, 3 HR, 12 BB, 12 K, 5.77 FIP, .347 BABIP, 1.14 GO/AO
Fastball – B-. It’s a straight 91 mph fastball, nothing fancy. It’s effective because he spots it.
Breaking Ball – B. His slider is good in AA, but doesn’t grade a plus pitch in the majors.
Change up – A. He uses a splitter as his change. Great speed differential and diving action.
Performance – A. Angels minor league pitcher of the year.
Projection – 5th starter or effective swing man.
Comp – Floor: Trevor Bell. Ceiling: Derek Lowe.
Video - Matt Shoemaker Interview at 31:35.
Estimated MLB Arrival Date: Possibly mid-2012, more likely 2013