February 3, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #20 Billy Bullock

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #20 | Billy Bullock

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

Born | February 27, 1988 (Riverview, Florida)

| University of Florida

| 6'6''

| 225 lbs.

2009 Ranking | Not Ranked

Billy Bullock was taken by the Twins in the second round of last June's draft. After two disappointing seasons as a starter, Bullock was converted into a full-time reliever in his Junior season at the University of Florida. As a freshman and sophomore, Bullock's velocity sat between 89-92, but upon his conversion, he was regularly being clocked between 94-96 mph. Bullock quickly became one of the best closers in the nation posting a 2.64 ERA, converting 11 saves, and striking out 50 batters in 34 games in 2009.

After signing with the Twins, Bullock was sent to the Appalachian League to pitch for the Elizabethton Twins. He dominated his first seven appearances with a 1.23 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio. He was promoted to Low-A Beloit after seven appearances and continued with his success in the Midwest League. With the Snappers, Bullock was 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in 26 1/3 innings. Bullock also struck out 35 batters but also walked seven (not including the three intentional walks he issued).

At 6'6'' and 225 lbs. nobody can deny that Bullock's an intimidating presence on the mound. His fastball runs in the mid-90's but his two breaking pitches still need a lot of work. Scouts don't like his herky-jerky deliver as it limits his ability to consistently control his pitches. With that, many scouts doubt his ability to ever become a closer. He'll likely being the year in the Florida State League but shouldn't have a problem reaching Double-A New Britain (or higher) by season's end.

2009 Statistics
          Level      W     L     ERA     IP     K     BB     WHIP     FIP
          R (ELZ)    1     0    1.23    7.1    10      1     0.55    1.29
A- 3 0 2.73 26.1 35 12 1.41 2.71

2010 Outlook

Bullock will likely start the season in Advanced-A Fort Myers but could push for a promotion (or two). He should be the primary closer at each stop he's at.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball (95-97)
  • Slider
  • Change-up

Estimated Time of Arrival


shawn said...

are they looking to make him a closer?

shawn said...

sorry stupid question