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Jerry_Manuel
12-12-2001, 05:02 PM
Looks like we may get him to, so here is the scouting report on him:

Scouting Report

2000 Season
After being signed as a minor league free agent and winning 15 games in 1999, Todd Ritchie couldn't match that surprising performance in his second season with the Pirates. He went on the disabled list for three weeks at the beginning of August with a strained muscle under his right armpit. It was suspected the injury had caused his inconsistency over the first four months.


Pitching
Ritchie is a power pitcher who relies on a heavy sinking fastball that reaches 95 MPH and breaks plenty of bats when it's moving. He also features a hard slider that can be an effective pitch when he keeps it down in the strike zone. He occasionally mixes in an overhand curveball and possesses an improved changeup. Ritchie's problem always has been control. He has taken steps to fix that the past two years by eliminating a violent head jerk in his delivery. His biggest troubles last year occurred when he left too many pitches up in the strike zone, resulting in an increased home-run rate.


Defense & Hitting
Ritchie is a good athlete and an outstanding defender. He has good reactions to balls hit up the middle and is quick to pounce on bunts and to cover first base. He has a good pickoff move. Ritchie makes more consistent contact with the bat than most pitchers and he delivered 13 hits last season. However, his bunting declined as he routinely failed to come through in sacrifice situations.


2001 Outlook
Though Ritchie probably isn't as good as he was in 1999, he is better than he showed in 2000. He is a serviceable No. 3 or No. 4 starter, and the Pirates can use all the arms they can find. They figure to use Ritchie as a part of their rotation for a while, since they signed him last May to a two-year, $5 million contact extension through 2002.

kermittheefrog
12-12-2001, 06:26 PM
Originally posted by Jerry_Manuel
Looks like we may get him to, so here is the scouting report on him:

Scouting Report

2000 Season
After being signed as a minor league free agent and winning 15 games in 1999, Todd Ritchie couldn't match that surprising performance in his second season with the Pirates. He went on the disabled list for three weeks at the beginning of August with a strained muscle under his right armpit. It was suspected the injury had caused his inconsistency over the first four months.


Pitching
Ritchie is a power pitcher who relies on a heavy sinking fastball that reaches 95 MPH and breaks plenty of bats when it's moving. He also features a hard slider that can be an effective pitch when he keeps it down in the strike zone. He occasionally mixes in an overhand curveball and possesses an improved changeup. Ritchie's problem always has been control. He has taken steps to fix that the past two years by eliminating a violent head jerk in his delivery. His biggest troubles last year occurred when he left too many pitches up in the strike zone, resulting in an increased home-run rate.


Defense & Hitting
Ritchie is a good athlete and an outstanding defender. He has good reactions to balls hit up the middle and is quick to pounce on bunts and to cover first base. He has a good pickoff move. Ritchie makes more consistent contact with the bat than most pitchers and he delivered 13 hits last season. However, his bunting declined as he routinely failed to come through in sacrifice situations.


2001 Outlook
Though Ritchie probably isn't as good as he was in 1999, he is better than he showed in 2000. He is a serviceable No. 3 or No. 4 starter, and the Pirates can use all the arms they can find. They figure to use Ritchie as a part of their rotation for a while, since they signed him last May to a two-year, $5 million contact extension through 2002.

Aha! :o: TODD Ritchie. For a second I thought you were giving them some dirt on me :cool:

Jerry_Manuel
12-12-2001, 06:28 PM
Originally posted by kermittheefrog
Aha! :o: TODD Ritchie. For a second I thought you were giving them some dirt on me :cool:

Your name is spelled the same. Not good for our guy Kenny.

bringbackrobin
12-12-2001, 06:35 PM
Notice how we might give up serious talent for a guy who was once a minor league free agent. Smooth.