Joba Chamberlain, RHP, NYY: A 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, Chamberlain is a 2006 draft pick who fell to the 44th overall pick last season because many teams were concerned about his physique and health. He has a pretty amazing story to tell. Putting it bluntly, Chamberlain was a chunky kid in high school, who didn't play a lick of baseball until his senior year. He got serious about conditioning, went to a junior college and went 3-6 with a 5.23 ERA. The coaches at the University of Nebraska got a look at his fastball and recruited him. He then developed into a monster, leading the Huskers to the College World Series in 2005 with teammate Alex Gordon (Royals). This season, Chamberlain has been clocked at 98 mph, and he demolished the Florida State League to get a quick promotion to Double-A. Chamberlain also has a plus slider, a solid curve, and an improving changeup. The Yankees laud his work ethic and competitiveness. Let's look at the numbers: He had a 2.03 ERA in high Class A, allowing 25 hits (no homers) in 40 innings with a 51/11 K/BB rate. Since moving to Double-A, Chamberlain has a 26/6 K/BB rate in 16.2 innings, allowing 11 hits (one homer) with a 3.24 ERA. Chamberlain could be better than Philip Hughes. I expect Hughes and Chamberlain to be battling for Yankees ace honors in a year or three.
The worst road trip for the Thunder since the 2001 club began the season 0-9 away from home continued Thursday night against Altoona at Blair County Ballpark.
Right-hander Joba Chamberlain struck out 10 and allowed only two runs in the first game of the twi-night doubleheader, but the Thunder offense managed only five hits as the Curve came away with a 2-0 victory in front of a paid crowd of 5,083.
BALTIMORE - General manager Brian Cashman said yesterday that while he would like to be active in the trade market, he will not part with any of the team's top pitching prospects.
"I can't be foolish," Cashman told The Journal News. "We have needs but we've developed these pitchers to play for us."
Cashman didn't list his untouchables. But other general managers have said that Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy and Alan Horne are pitchers Cashman will not discuss.
I'm a Husker fan from Lincoln and I see Joba's dad at the local ballpark all the time, in case you're wondering why I care. Plus I just saw Joba's picture on the front page of ESPN's fantasy baseball section, so that was cool. For a baseball program that wasn't much of much until recently, the Huskers have quite a few "known" MLB players, including Darin Erstad, Dan Johnson, Alex Gordon and soon Joba Chamberlain. It's been fun watching these kids play here and move up into the big leagues.
Keep an eye on Joba's progress - he may be someone to take note of late in next year's drafts as a flyer "with potential."