Position: Starting pitcher
Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect (8th according to BaseballAmerica.com)
Team: Clearwater (Single-A+)/Reading (Double-A)
2012 Minor League Stats: 30 games (25 starts), 6-10, 5.87 ERA, 138 IP, 109 K.
Season in Review: 22-year-old Brody Colvin had a decent season in the lower levels of the farm system this year.
Colvin started his third professional year of baseball with high-level Single-A Clearwater. In 23 games, 18 of his appearances starts, he posted a 4-5 record with a 4.27 ERA.
Colvin boasts a 94 MPH fastball that naturally sinks. But despite having a scouting report back in 2011 lauding the accuracy and sharpness of his breaking stuff, Colvin struggled with walks in 2012, allowing 4.8 per nine innings.
The 7th round draft pick of 2009 started with the Threshers where they removed him from the rotation to take some pressure off his young arm. As the season wore on, Colvin was moved back to the rotation where he pitched well enough to earn a promotion to Reading.
Colvin pitched solid in his first two starts with the R-Phils, allowing five runs in 11 innings combined. But in Colvin’s next two starts, he was hit harder than he’s ever been hit in his young career.
In Colvin’s third start on August 11, he was shelled for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings against the New Britain Rock Cats. His next outing wasn’t much better when he allowed 11 runs, seven earned, to the Trenton Thunder in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Colvin would go on to allow at least five earned runs in his final three starts with the R-Phils, a sign that he isn’t ready for that level of baseball yet.
With how the 2012 campaign turned out for Colvin, expect to see him back in Clearwater to work on his stuff. A midseason trip back to Reading is only possibly if Colvin can prove he can do more than pitch decent against Single-A hitting.