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Full Name: Roy Edward Oswalt Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/170 First Game: [[May 6, 2001
Birthdate: August 29, 1977 MLB Experience: 6 years
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on August 29, 1977 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, Roy Oswalt (Roy Edward Oswalt) played for the Houston Astros for his entire 6 year career. Oswalt broke into the bigs on May 6, 2001 with the Houston Astros, and put up a 2.73 ERA in 141.2 innings pitched in 2001, his rookie year.

There is some disagreement on what was Roy Oswalt's most productive season. Some believe that it was 2002, when he posted a 3.01 ERA, won 19 games and struck out 208 batters. However, others believe that it was 2005, when he posted a 2.94 ERA, won 20 games and struck out 184 batters.

Scouting Report

Pitching

Oswalt is an aggressive pitcher who won't back down from any hitter in the league. For his career he averages right at two walks per nine innings, indicating that he would rather challenge hitters than pitch around them. While he's progressed as a pitcher his strike out totals have gone down as he's learned to pitch, evidenced by the fact that his ground ball/fly ball ratio has gotten progressively better since his rookie season.

Oswalt's repertoire consists of a fastball, slider, curveball and a changeup. His fastball tops out at 98 MPH, but normally sits at 93-96 with good sinking movement. He works off his fastball and has had games in the past where he's dominated almost exclusively with it. Oswalt's next best pitch is his curve, which sits around 69 MPH with tremendous 12-6 movement. The sheer speed difference between his heater and his curve is usually enough to throw off most hitters in baseball. He also features a decent slider that hits 85-86 MPH and a rarely-used but effective change, which he consistently throws around 82 MPH.

Hitting and Defense

Oswalt is a decent hitter as far as pitchers go and an excellent bunter. He's essentially a non-factor on the bases on the occasion he does reach.

He has always been a very good defensive pitcher, able to make all the throws he needs to make and rarely missing an assignment, such as covering first or backing up a play at the plate. He's an instinctive defender and doesn't do anything in the field poorly.

Overall

Oswalt is one of the premier pitches in all of baseball and, aside from a bumpy 2004 season, has been consistently great throughout his career. His pure stuff and mindset on the mound are good enough to get him through the times he doesn't have his best command and this lends itself to a long and successful career. With his willingness to bust hitters inside, the diminutive right-hander has solidified himself as one of the more feared pitchers in the game today.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
2001 HOU N 28 20 14 3 2.73 144 48 43 3 1 0 141.2 126 13 24 2 0 6
2002 HOU N 35 34 19 9 3.01 208 86 78 0 0 0 233 215 17 62 4 3 5
2003 HOU N 21 21 10 5 2.97 108 48 42 0 0 0 127.1 116 15 29 0 1 5
2004 HOU N 36 35 20 10 3.49 206 100 92 2 2 0 237 233 17 62 5 5 11
2005 HOU N 35 35 20 12 2.94 184 85 79 4 1 0 241.2 243 18 48 3 5 8
2006 HOU N 33 32 15 8 2.98 166 76 73 2 0 0 220.2 220 18 38 4 1 6
2007 HOU N 33 32 14 7 3.18 154 80 75 1 0 0 212 221 14 60 6 1 7
2008 HOU N 32 32 17 10 3.54 165 89 82 3 2 0 208.2 199 23 47 2 1 10
Total 253 241 129 64 3.13 1335 612 564 15 6 0 1622 1573 135 370 26 17 58

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2001 HOU N P 28 20 141.2 19 15 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 .971
2002 HOU N P 35 34 233 13 38 1 3 0 1 10 7 1 .981
2003 HOU N P 21 21 127.1 10 13 0 1 0 0 1 5 1 1.000
2004 HOU N P 36 35 237 14 32 3 3 0 1 6 5 1 .939
2005 HOU N P 35 35 241.2 19 31 0 2 0 0 3 4 1 1.000
2006 HOU N P 33 32 220.2 15 28 1 4 0 0 5 6 0 .977
2007 HOU N P 33 32 212 20 36 0 3 0 1 5 1 0 1.000
2008 HOU N P 32 32 208.2 24 30 0 4 0 1 1 1 0 1.000
Total P 253 241 1622 134 223 6 21 0 4 33 30 5 .983

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2001 HOU N 28 47 3 9 0 3 .191 .208 .213 1 0 1 12 0 3 0 0 0
2002 HOU N 35 77 5 10 0 4 .130 .183 .156 2 0 4 26 1 7 0 0 0
2003 HOU N 21 39 4 7 0 0 .179 .220 .205 1 0 2 15 0 7 0 0 0
2004 HOU N 36 71 1 10 0 6 .141 .184 .155 1 0 3 16 1 13 0 0 1
2005 HOU N 35 73 1 13 0 2 .178 .211 .178 0 0 2 19 1 7 0 0 0
2006 HOU N 35 66 3 10 1 8 .152 .200 .212 1 0 4 15 0 20 0 0 2
2007 HOU N 33 64 2 8 0 3 .125 .176 .141 1 0 3 21 1 11 0 0 1
2008 HOU N 32 70 3 15 0 5 .214 .214 .214 0 0 0 18 0 5 0 0 0
Total 255 507 22 82 1 31 .162 .198 .181 7 0 19 142 4 73 0 0 4

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