Florida Marlins Top 50 Prospect Countdown #36

Mike Nannini was acquired as part of the deal that sent Derrek Lee to the Cubs in exchange for Hee Seop Choi. He has already gotten an opportunity to show his stuff this spring as a member of the Marlins 40 man roster. Find out how well he did and how he might fit into the Marlins plans for the 2004 season in this edition of the Marlins Insiders Top 50 Prospect Countdown.

Florida Marlins Prospect Spotlight Countdown #36

Mike Nannini
Vital Stats:
Position: Pitcher
DOB: August 9, 1980
Birth Place: Las Vegas, Nevada Height: 5'11 Weight: 190 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Acquired: Traded to the Marlins from the Cubs in 2003 as part of the Derrek Lee/Hee Seop Choi deal.

Overview: Mike Nannini was once considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Houston Astros system. But after a dismal 2002 season, scouts soured on him and he was dealt to the Chicago Cubs. Mike rebounded in 2003 with a very solid season.

Repertoire: Nannini is not a power pitcher. His fastball is only mediocre being clocked only in the 87-89 mph range. His breaking pitches however are extremely effective. He throws a nasty combination of curveballs, sliders, and change-ups that keeps hitters off balance which actually helps make his average fastball more effective. Nannini's greatest strength as a pitcher is his magnificent control and knowledge of situational pitching.

Style: Because he doesn't have the over-powering hard stuff, Nannini must rely on keeping hitters guessing by effectively changing speeds, relying on his breaking pitches, and having pin point control. Throughout his career, his K/BB ratio and K/IP have been very good even though he isn't a hard thrower.

Projection: Although his lack of size and big league heat have many scouts doubting him there are many scouts that compare him to a Rick Reed type of pitcher. That is one that uses the stuff he has effectively by knowing how to pitch.

Estimated Time of Arrival: Nannini earned himself an invitation to the Marlins 2004 40 man Spring Training Roster. So far this spring he has been very effective in middle relief making 2 appearances with 4 IP. In those 4 innings Mike has given up no runs while yielding only 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2.
Nannini will probably start this season in Triple A Albuquerque but could earn a mid-season promotion in 2004 to help bolster the bullpen as a middle reliever.














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