A year ago, Drew Thorpe was all about potential. How’d that potential turn out?
- Born: October 1, 2000
- B/T: Left/Right
- 6’4″, 190-lbs
- Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2022 MLB June Amateur Draft from California Polytechnic State University
His raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:
Welp, I’ll be over here on my fainting couch…
OK, so nothing wrong with any of that, was it all green in the monthlies?
If anything, this is even more encouraging. Look at that walk rate drop! Look at that strikeout rate rise! Look at that WHIP turn into a modest little number instead of a brash, starting with a “1” number!
Thorpe hit the professional ranks as a 22-year-old college graduate and did just fine in April, hit a little speed bump in May and decided the walks had to go. Dominance followed.
Handedness K% and BB%
A+ (vs RH): 32%K and 8%BB. (vs LH): 32%K and 7%BB.
AA (vs RH): 39%K and 4%BB. (vs LH): 43%K and 0%BB.
So to add to the above, we see no split issues here. He treats all batters the same way: badly.
- Rotowire: #151 on their Top 400
- Fantrax: Not on their Top 400
- RotoProspects: #146 on Top 500
- Toolshed Fantasy ($): #116 on Top 500
- PARSlist ($): 100.0 (#1 pitcher)
- PLIVE+: 74 (#41 pitcher)
We haven’t seen him in Double-A ye– er, never mind, he’s already there in his first season and doing great so far.
He, uh, well, I got nothing.
Here, read this article at Pinstripe Alley.
Yeah, he’s a command guy who developed a third pitch to go along with his already plus-plus changeup and a mid-90s fastball. He knows what he wants to do on the mound, he’s not afraid of challenges, and he has the pitches to become a solid #4 or #5 starter in the majors.
Starting in 2024.
Not a bad potential outcome, no?