Brandon Erbe, starting pitcher
Was he as bad as his numbers?
Erbe went 0-10 with a 5.73 ERA in fourteen starts, before undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. If you’re asking if he was as bad as his 0-10 record, the answer is no. He did have some games in which he pitched at least fairly well but got no run support.If you’re asking if he was as bad as his 5.73 ERA, the answer is probably yes. He had quite a few games in which he was pounded; he gave up 86 hits in just under 71 innings, with 11 home runs; and his strikeout rate fell to 6.4/9 IP.
Is he still a prospect?
Even though he’s only 22, at this point I’d say no. He suffered shoulder injuries in both 2009 and 2010. His strikeout rate is low. In two full seasons at high-A Frederick, he went 16-20 with a 5.17 ERA. He might make it as a relief pitcher, but the markers that cry out “prime closer prospect” aren’t there.