January 1, 2008
Age: 24 Height: 6'4" Weight: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Indians selected Deters in the 7th round of the 2005 Draft out of Calvin College (MI). Deters finished last season 12-4 with a 2.24 ERA in 33 appearances (10 starts) for Kinston, and held opponents to a .232 batting average and struck out 66 in 112.1 innings pitched. He won the Carolina League ERA Title with the 2.24 ERA. He has also proven to be durable and versatile, as he led the organization in innings pitched in 2006 (167.2) and then last year pitched out of the bullpen most of the year. Deters throws a fastball that tops out around 90 MPH, and compliments it with a curveball and changeup. His biggest strength is his consistency, makeup, and his ability to throw strikes (career 1.81 BB/9). Deters is another example of a pitcher who has put up great stats, but still is an uncertainty in the system because he lacks an overpowering pitch he can rely on to consistently get hitters out. In his three year professional career, he is now 27-17 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 76 career appearances (52 starts), but he does not miss many bats (5.75 K/9 career) and he does not induce a lot of groundballs (1.36 G/F in 2006 and 1.23 G/F in 2007). He will have a harder time getting hitters out consistently as he moves up the minor league ladder since he will face more advanced hitters. His role for 2008 is unknown, but he should start the year as a swing man for the Akron pitching staff.
Video: Deters on the mound.