Prospect #46: LHP Eude Brito

Prospect #46: LHP Eude Brito

Left-hander Eude Brito has had some catching up to do in the past couple of seasons. The Phillies thought that they had found a strong young pitcher who was blowing away hitters his own age. Then, it turned out that Brito was caught up in the red tape of truth and the Phillies suddenly discovered he was three years older than they thought. <b>Today's look at Eude Brito is a free preview of the kind of information you receive as a PhillyBaseballNews.com Insider.</b>

When the Phillies found Eude Brito, they moved quickly to sign him. Brito was somewhat tucked away in Venezuela and the Phillies were determined not to let him slip away. They signed him at what they thought was the tender age of 17. Four years later, they would find out that he had actually been 20 when he was signed, meaning that he wasn't really progressing as quickly as they had thought.

 

The Phillies have tried to push Brito along as they would have if they knew his true age. The plan hasn't worked too well and Brito is entering a critical point in his career. Brito could conceivably be lost in the Rule 5 Draft in December, since the Phillies chose not to add him to the 40 man roster. If they choose to take the same approach with him after next season, Brito will qualify to become a six year minor league free agent.

 

Coming into 2002, the Phillies were impressed with Brito. He had put up good numbers at Lakewood and the Phillies figured on starting him back at Lakewood just to pump up his numbers a little and get him a little more confidence. They figured that he would be up at Clearwater by mid-season at the latest. When Brito aged three years, they decided to push him along to Clearwater to start the season and it didn't go well. Brito struggled and was soon pulled back to Lakewood for the rest of the season.

 

The Phillies had decided that in 2003, Brito had to sink or swim and again put him at Clearwater. This time, he was ready and had a strong season, going 4-3, 3.09 in 36 games. The season moved Brito back among the more highly thought of prospects. After all, he is still 25 and if he can handle AA and AAA in timely fashion, there is plenty of time for Brito to make the majors at a reasonable age. He is also at that point though where if he stumbles his way through the upper levels, his age will become a factor.

 

Thoughts on Brito vary. Some believe that he will have the same kind of adjustment problems at AA Reading that he did when he went to Clearwater in 2002. Others believe that he has matured and can handle the physical and mental approach of higher levels. If Brito were three years younger, he would be much higher on the Phillies list of prospects and would likely be on the 40 man roster. Instead, the Phillies don't feel the need to protect him, choosing instead to protect stronger – and younger – prospects in the organization.

 

Eude Brito's Career Stats

 

Year/Team

W

L

ERA

SV

G

GS

IP

H/9 IP

BB/9 IP

KO/9 IP

1999 GCL

(Rookie)

0

1

5.02

0

12

3

28.2

12.4

6.0

7.2

2000 GCL

(Rookie)

3

5

2.54

0

9

7

49.2

6.9

3.4

7.6

2000 Batavia

(Rookie)

1

1

5.40

0

4

3

18.1

7.9

1.5

5.4

2001 Lakewood

(Low A)

4

3

2.73

6

44

0

69.1

6.9

1.8

7.5

2002 Clearwater

(High A)

3

3

5.71

0

20

0

34.2

10.3

3.6

7.0

2002 Lakewood

(Low A)

1

1

2.55

1

11

0

17.2

7.1

3.1

5.6

2003 Clearwater

(High A)

4

3

3.09

6

36

0

58.1

7.7

4.2

8.3

Career Minor

League Totals

16

17

3.59

13

136

13

273

8.2

3.4

7.5

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