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Yankees Top Ten Pitching Prospects Scouting Report
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TJ Beam: RHP; Birthplace: Scottsdale, AZ; Opening Day Age: 26
Acquired: 10th Round (304th overall) of 2003 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)
2005 Minor League Club(s): Charleston (A)/Tampa (A)
2005 Minor League Stats: 3-3, 1.66 ERA, 59.2 IP, 45 H, 18 BB, 78 K
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Philip Hughes: RHP; Birthplace: Dalton, GA; Opening Day Age: 19
Acquired: First round pick in 2004
2005 Minor League Club(s): Charleston (A)/Tampa (A)
2005 Minor League Stats: 9-1, 2.19 ERA, 86.1 IP, 54 H, 20 BB, 93 K
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Christian Garcia: RHP; Birthplace: Escondido, CA; Opening Day Age: 20
Acquired: Third round pick in 2004
2005 Minor League Club(s): GCL Yankees/Charleston (A)
2005 Minor League Stats: 5-6, 3.94 ERA, 112 IP, 106 H, 58 BB, 110 K
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Tyler Clippard: RHP; Birthplace: Lexington, KY; Opening Day Age: 21
Acquired: Ninth round pick in 2003
2005 Minor League Club(s): Charleston (A)/Tampa (A)/Columbus (AAA)
2005 Minor League Stats: 10-10, 3.32 ERA, 154.1 IP, 127 H, 34 BB, 181 K
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Jeff Marquez: RHP; Birthplace: Vacaville, CA; Opening Day Age: 21
Acquired: First round supplemental pick in 2004
2005 Minor League Club(s): Charleston (A)
2005 Minor League Stats: 9-13, 3.42 ERA, 139.2 IP, 138 H, 61 BB, 107 K
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J. B. Cox: RHP; Birthplace: Bay City, Texas; Opening Day Age: 21
Acquired: Second round pick in 2005
2005 Minor League Club(s): Tampa (A)
2005 Minor League Stats: 1-2, 2.60 ERA, 27.2 IP, 20 H, 5 BB, 27 K
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Steven White: RHP; Birthplace: League City, TX; Opening Day Age: 24
Acquired: Fourth round pick in 2004
2005 Minor League Club(s): Tampa (A)/Trenton (AA)
2005 Minor League Stats: 2-7, 5.81 ERA, 62 IP, 69 H, 28 BB, 62 K
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Matt DeSalvo: RHP; Birthplace: New Castle, PA; Opening Day Age: 25
Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on May 15, 2003
2005 Minor League Club(s): Trenton (AA)
2005 Minor League Stats: 9-5, 3.02 ERA, 149 IP, 106 H, 67 BB, 151 K
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Sean Henn: LHP; Birthplace: Forth Worth, TX; Opening Day Age: 24
Acquired: 26th round pick in 2000
2005 Minor League Club(s): Trenton (AA)/Columbus (AAA)
2005 Minor League Stats: 7-6, 2.66 ERA, 111.2 IP, 95 H, 36 BB, 85 K
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T.J. Beam
T.J. Beam, whose given name is Theodore, was originally an 11th-round pick by Philadelphia in 2002 but opted to remain at the University of Mississippi. The Yankees grabbed him in the 10th round a year later but early on there were few signs that he would develop the way he has. While bouncing between Staten Island and Battle Creek during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Beam developed a slider, marking a turning point in his career. Since incorporating the pitch into his repertoire, Beam has advanced quickly and become a dominant reliever. He began this season at Double-A Trenton but is already in Columbus, poised to make the move to New York.
Scouting Report

Pitches:
Beamís fastball isnít overwhelming but it has enough movement to keep the hitter true. His slider and split/change have become his real meal tickets, the development of which has coincided with his emergence as one of New Yorkís top prospects.

Estimated Time of Arrival:
Itís never easy to predict what the Yankees will do with a prospect regardless of their recent history. Considering how well Beam has pitched over the last year and a half, though, he should be in the Bronx some time this summer.

2005 TeamsW-LERAGGSCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBK
Tampa (A)1-13.1212000117.114662727
Charleston (A)3-31.6635200259.245111121878




J. Brent Cox
J. Brent Cox followed Aís reliever Huston street as the closer for the University of Texas, where he helped win the College World Series. Like Street, the 2nd round pick should move quickly through the Minor Leagues and help in the Yankees bullpen soon. He was the 3rd college closer taken in the 2005 draft, behind Craig Hansen and Joey Devine, both of whom have already tasted the big leagues. Cox didnít pitch much in his debut last summer, mostly to cut him some slack after a taxing run to Omaha with the Longhorns, during which he appeared in 9 games (saving 5), allowing just 3 earned runs and striking out 17 in as many innings en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Cox has the all-time appearances record at Texas with 106 and is second on Texasí all-time saves list, behind Street. His 19 saves in 2005 tied a school record, as did his 42 appearances.
Scouting Report

Pitches:
Cox is a lot like Street in terms of how he gets hitters out, though his stuff grades out just a tick below his predacessorís. He can hit the low 90s on the radar gun with his fastball. When he takes a tick or two off, it has some nice sink. His out pitch is a hard slider. He may not have the stuff to close long-term in the big leagues, though he certainly possesses the attitude and confidence to succeed in that role. At the worst, Cox should be a relieable set-up man in the Majors very soon.

Estimated Time of Arrival:
In another organization, Cox could be pushed to the bigs now. With the Yankees, though, itís more likely heíll hit the Bronx by September, Opening Day 2007 at the latest.

2005 TeamW-LERAGGSCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBK
Tampa (A)1-22.6016000027.220981527

Credit: Kevin T. Czerwinski & Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com




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