2005 Rochester Pitching Prospect Review

Liriano posted a 1.78 ERA in 14 starts.

TwinCitiesDugout.com looks at the Rochester Red Wings pitching staff from 2005, examining the guys who appeared in a minimum of 14 games for the Rochester Red Wings, or had a minimum of 11 starts in the International League.

Jimmy Anderson- SP

Anderson appeared in 12 games for the Rochester Red Wings in 2005 before being released and signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and assigned to the Durham Bulls. For the Wings, Anderson went 4-4, and had a very nice ERA of 2.90. Making 11 starts, Anderson pitched 62 innings, and struck out 41 batters. His best start of the season was on June 8, when he held Richmond scoreless over six innings of work. For Durham, the left-hander went 2-4, and posted an ERA of 4.18.

Scott Baker- SP

Baker had an amazing 2005 season, that included a few stints as a Minnesota Twins. He was one of the more dominating pitchers in the International League in his 22 starts, as he led the entire league in ERA. Although he ended the year with a 5-8 record, he had a 3.01 ERA, and struck out 107 batters in 134.2 innings of work. He was named International League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 11-17, when he went eight innings to beat Durham on the road. He also finished second in the league in strikeouts, and sixth in the organization in ERA. For the Twins, he went 3-3 in his ten appearances, and finished with a 3.35 ERA. His strong season may have landed him a spot in the Minnesota rotation in 2006.

Ricky Barrett- RP

Barrett appeared in 40 games for the Wings in 2005, making five starts, and winning four games. After beginning the season at Double-A New Britain, Barrett struggled in Triple-A, posting a 6.71 ERA. In his 63 innings of work, he struck out 64 batters, and opponents batted .287 against him. He pitched for Grand Canyon in the Arizona Fall League, and again struggled. In 11 games, he went 0-3, and finished the season with a 9.00 record. He should be back in Rochester in 2006, as a main cog in the bullpen.

Henry Bonilla- P

Bonilla appeared in 35 games for the Red Wings in 2005, making 16 starts, and finished the year with a 5.11 ERA. He ended the year with a 6-7 record, although he struggled for most of the season. The opposition batted .299 against him, and he walked 44 batters. As a right-handed pitcher, Bonilla struggled against lefty batters in 2005, as they ripped him to the tune of a 7.36 ERA. One of his main problems were his struggles with runners in scoring position, as batters his .287 against him, leading to an ERA of 11.67.

Boof Bonser- SP

Bonser had a good 2005 season, as he was one of the most consistent pitchers on the Red Wings' roster. He finished the year first in the entire International League in strikeouts, with 168, a total that ranked him second in the organization. He also finished third in the organization, with 11 wins, and had an ERA under 4.00. His main problem was the longball, as he finished second in the International League with 22 home runs allowed. A member of the Twins 40-man roster, Bonser could get a legitimate shot to crack the Major League roster in 2006.

Travis Bowyer- CL

Most fans to our site were sad to see Bowyer leave in the Luis Castillo trade, as he appeared to have the makings of being a good Major League reliever. He was the Red Wings lone representative on the International League Post-Season All-Star Team, and also appeared in the Futures Game. He finished the season third in the league in saves with 23, and finished only behind Patrick Neshek for the organizational title. For the season, he appeared in 59 games, won four, and had an ERA of 2.78. In 74.1 innings of work, he struck out 96 batters, and held the opposition to a .195 batting average. He could fight for the Florida Marlins closer job in 2006.

J.D. Durbin- SP

Durbin appeared in 22 games for the Red Wings in 2005, working from both the rotation and the bullpen. He started 19 games throughout the season, and had a record of 5-5. The 23-year old right-hander, who cracked the Twins roster in 2004, played the entire 2005 season as a member of the Red Wings. He had an ERA of 4.33 during his 104 innings of work, and finished the year with 90 strikeouts. He seemed more confident as a starter, as his 4.21 ERA was a lot better than his 6.35 ERA as a reliever.

Willie Eyre- RP

Eyre, who was a member of the International League All-Star Team, was one of the best relievers in the league in 2005. He appeared in 56 games for the Red Wings, and finished the year with a 2.72 ERA. His ten wins were good enough for second on the team, and he also picked up seven saves. He threw 82.2 innings of work, striking out 74 batters, and walked only 28. This winter, he is currently pitching for the Aragua Tigers, and is one of the best pitchers in the entire Venezuelan Winter League. As of December 28, Eyre has a 9-0 record, and has posted an ERA of 1.26 in 12 appearances.

Dave Gassner- SP

Gassner showed flashes of brilliance in 2005, but mostly struggled throughout the season. During the year, he pitched two complete games for the Wings, but good games were few and far between. He ended the year with an 8-8 record, while posting a 4.95 ERA. If it had not been for a good April, where he went 2-0 in his two starts, the season could have been worse for him. A rock on the road, Gassner struggled at home for some reason, posting a 6.86 ERA in 12 games. His main problem was getting people out with runners in scoring position, as batters his .368 against him, and led to an ERA of 16.00.

Beau Kemp- RP

Kemp finished the 2005 season fourth in the entire International League in games played, as he appeared in 62 contests out of the bullpen. During that time, he was one of the better relief pitchers on the Red Wings staff, posting a 3.38 ERA in 80 innings of work. He went 4-5 on the year, saved five games, and struck out 68 batters. He needs to work on his game on the road, as he was completely dominant at home. At home, he posted a 1.58 ERA in 30 appearances, compared to a 5.77 mark on the road. His most impressive statistic of the season was the fact he allowed only one home run all year long.

Francisco Liriano- SP

What can I say about this guy that I haven't already said before? He was by far the most dominant pitcher in the Minor Leagues in 2005, and could be on his way to a remarkable Major League career. After being promoted to Triple-A from New Britain, Liriano took the Minor League world by storm, going 9-2 with a 1.78 ERA in 14 starts. Although he made only 14 starts, he was still so dominating that he was named International League Rookie of the Year. He was twice named International League Pitcher of the Week, and was also named USA Today Minor League Pitcher of the Year. As for his ranks in the organization, he finished third in ERA with a combined 2.63 mark, second in wins with 12, and first in both the organization and entire Minor Leagues in strikeouts with 204.

Brent Schoening- P

Schoening had a season he would like to forget in 2005, as he was hit hard for most of the year. He appeared in 35 games for the Red Wings last season, making four starts, and finished the year with an ERA over 6.00. During his 64 innings of work, he compiled a record of 2-4, and batters hit .304 against him. After winning his first game on April 7, Schoening would not win another until August 16, a span of 28 appearances. He needs to work on all facets of his game if he wishes to make it to the Major Leagues any time soon.

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