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Padres Scouting Report: Brian Whitaker

Padres prospect Brian Whitaker

When you are a 27th round draft pick in the MLB Amateur Draft, the odds are stacked against you. Have two seasons where your ERA is sub-3.00 and the scouts and coaches start murmuring that they need to take another look in your direction. Such is the case for San Diego Padres farmhand Brian Whitaker.<br><br>"I like Brian Whitaker a lot, good sinkerball, slider pitcher. He is really improving as a pitcher," Tye Waller, the Director of Player Development for the Padres, said.

Brian Whitaker may have the best control of any player in the Padres system. Over two seasons in the minors, spanning 247 innings, Whitaker has walked 36. That equates to just over one per nine innings pitched. In 164 innings at Fort Wayne, Whitaker had an ERA of just 2.09. Looking at his 7-6 record no one would know it. "There were no runs scored for Brian," one Padres scout tells us...

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