Showing posts with label Zack Thornton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zack Thornton. Show all posts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scouting Report on the Latest Met, RHP Zack Thornton

Bio - Zack Thornton
Born: May 19, 1988
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 213
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 23rd round, 695th overall, 2010 (Athletics)
How Acquired : Trade from Athletics (for Chris Resop) 2012
College: University of Oregon (Eugene)

The Prospect Page Says:

Zack Thornton was considered one of the top pitching prospects in the junior college ranks when he was first drafted in 2008, but he didn’t sign. He wasn’t as highly regarded in 2010 when the A’s drafted him. They assigned him immediately to the bullpen and he’s never started a game in the minors, which probably indicates they didn’t consider him a prospect. 

He throws from a low 3/4 angle, with a fastball that can be in the low 90s or in the upper 80s. At the time the A’s drafted him he had a good change and unimpressive breaking ball. His main secondary pitch now is a slider. He’s generally had high K rates so far, but in the low minors that can result from an odd delivery that may not work as well at upper levels or in the majors. 

The Pirates acquired Thornton for Chris Resop, who otherwise probably would have been non-tendered.

Considering that he was nearly 25 when the 2013 season started, it was a little surprising that the Pirates sent Thornton to Bradenton. He didn’t stay there long, though, as he pitched extremely well and continued to do so through AAA. (He was much better in AAA than his ERA indicates.) Not surprisingly, given his arm angle, Thornton had a large platoon split, but he still was very effective against left-handed hitters. He was deadly against righties, holding them to a 172/212/244 line on the year. He held lefties to 260/294/337, although they batted .318 against him in AAA. Thornton made one spot start for Altoona and threw five scoreless, one-hit innings, walking one and fanning six.

Thornton is not eligible for minor league free agency but was eligible for the Rule 5 draft. The Pirates sent him to the Arizona Fall League and he continued to pitch well there, but they did not add him to the roster. He was reportedly a good candidate to get selected, but he wasn’t. He’ll return to Indianapolis in 2014 and has a good chance of a callup at some point.

Mets News: Mets Trade Ike Davis to Pirates for RHP Zack Thornton and player to be named later

Mets News:

Video: SNY

The New York Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, in exchange for right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.

The deal was announced just minutes prior to the Mets game against the Atlanta Braves.

Davis was made available to reporters outside the Mets clubhouse as the game got underway.

"Honestly, it's a little weird," Davis said. "I've been with the Mets organization for a long time, and made some really good friendships and stuff like that. That's the toughest part, I think.

"I really had a blast in New York. I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it's just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now [I'll] go help my team in Pittsburgh."

Thornton, 25, was pitching for the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. He will report to the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

The Mets filled Davis' spot on the 25-man major league roster with outfielder Chris Young, who was on the disabled list.

"We're very happy with the trade," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We're happy for Ike, in the sense that he'll get another opportunity elsewhere. It's a situation that we needed to resolve here, and we're happy with the return."

A source close to the situation said, “He needed a fresh start. It was an awful situation with him knowing they didn’t want him. He feels like a huge weight has lifted off him.”

Ike Davis Career Stats:
2010 23 NYM 147 523 73 138 33 1 19 71 3 2 72 138 .264 .351
2011 24 NYM 36 129 20 39 8 1 7 25 0 0 17 31 .302 .383
2012 25 NYM 156 519 66 118 26 0 32 90 0 2 61 141 .227 .308
2013 26 NYM 103 317 37 65 14 0 9 33 4 0 57 101 .205 .326
2014 27 NYM 12 24 4 5 1 0 1 5 0 0 6 4 .208 .367
5 Yrs 454 1512 200 365 82 2 68 224 7 4 213 415 .241 .334
162 Game Avg. 162 540 71 130 29 1 24 80 2 1 76 148 .241 .334
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 4/19/2014.

Zack Thornton Career Minor League Stats:
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