When I think about Donald Veal, I think about the one that got away in Dontrelle Willis. Dontrelle is one of my favorite players in the game because of his flair for the game as well as the likeability factor that he brings to the table.

Drafted – 2nd round 2005
DOB – Sept. 18th, 1984
Throws – Left
Position – Starting Pitcher

2006 Season
Veal spent time in Peoria (A) and Daytona (High A) last season, pitching well in both places. His numbers were as follows.

Team         W    L    ERA    WHIP    K/9    H/9    BB/9
Peoria       5    3    2.69   1.15   10.5    5.5    4.8
Daytona      6    2    1.67   1.09    9.8    5.1    4.7

After 2006, Veal has become a player to watch in the Cubs farm system and should add to the list of young wave of arms that should be making an impact at the big league level real soon.

Here is what others are saying about Donald Veal

Scouting Report From John Sickels of Minor League Ball
A second round pick from an Arizona junior college in 2005, Veal had an excellent 2006 season, emerging as one of the top southpaw prospects in the game. This is mostly on the basis of his fastball, a 92-96 MPH power heater. He also has a nasty changeup. His curveball is mediocre, but his other pitches have so much movement that the lack of a consistent breaking ball hasn’t hurt him. Note his ratios: an excellent K/IP rate, an excellent H/IP mark, but a poor walk rate. His command is obviously an issue, but his stuff is so good that A-ball hitters couldn’t handle him even when he didn’t throw strikes. Yes, that might be different at Double-A. Veal needs to improve his control, but his ceiling is very high, and I am optimistic about him. Grade B+. (For more scouting reports like this one, be sure to pick up The Prospect Handbook 2007)

Scouting Report From Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus
Big, imposing lefty with an big, imposing fastball that sits at 92-94 mph and touches 96; his changeup is already a plus offering that he can use as an out pitch; opposing hitters went 91-for-521 (.175) against him with 174 whiffs; he has a durable body with repeatable mechanics. Still looking for a consistent breaking ball, as his present offering is slurvy; his control is below average. Veal finished the season with 16 consecutive starts in which he had more innings pitched than hits allowed. Veal is the perfect combination of a very good player right now who still has much room for improvement. Double-A will be a significant test for him, because he either needs to substantially improve his control or continue to allow hits at the miniscule rate he has been. The former is an easier task than the latter.

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