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Top Prospect Alert - Donnie Bridges

By Robert Sherry

Donnie Bridges: A former first round pick this 22-year-old emerged as the best pitching prospect in the Expos system with his impressive 2000 season.

A supplemental pick in 1997, this 6-foot-4, 220 pound righty began the season at Single-A Jupiter in the Florida State League. Even though his record was only .500 in 11 starts (5-5), Bridges showed much more going 73 innings while allowing only 58 hits, striking out 66, and walking just 20 batters. His ERA was just as nice at 3.19. He was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg were he only showed to get better (11-7, 2.39 ERA, 128 IP, 104 H, 49 BB, 84 SO, 6 CG, 19 GS). He didn't allow a homer in Single-A and allowed just five at Double-A. He did all of this despite not turning 21 until December.

Bridges was one of my favorite pitchers to watch last season, he proved to be a guy that you can count on to go out every fifth day and give you a quality start consistently. He possesses a mid-90s fastball, curve, and changeup as his top pitches, with the first two being the standouts. He has the stuff to develop into a staff ace.

You should see him pitch at least half of the upcoming season at Triple-A. When you combine Bridges with the likes of Armas and some of the other young arms in the system like 2000 draft pick Justin Wayne, the Expos could be in the process of building a similar young dynamic rotation like the A's did.


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