A 22nd round in the 2009 draft, Cameron Coffey signed for an over-slot bonus of $990,000 and is one of many talented young arms from that class working their way up the system. He underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2009 and spent most of 2010 working back from a shoulder injury before making his pro debut in the GCL. He made 7 appearances totaling 11 innings, allowing 19 hits while striking out 8.
When healthy, Coffey brings 90-95 mph heat from the left side. I spoke with Coffey during my time in the GCL and he provided me with a brief scouting report on himself:
I’m working mostly with a two-seam-changeup combo, I’ve always had a good changeup, it’s always been my favorite pitch to throw because being a lefty, a changeup is pretty effective. I also mix in a slider that will sit in the mid 70′s, I use it mostly on lefties, not too often on righties. I use my changeup mostly on righties, not too often on lefties. My two-seamer has pretty good action on it, a lot of movement. Before surgery I would throw some four-seamer just to pump it up and blow it by somebody, but right now I’m mostly working with my two-seamer.
After making just four starts in 2009 and throwing just 11 innings in 2010, Coffey hasn’t handled a starter’s workload in quite some time. As a result, he’ll likely stay in extended spring training and head towards Aberdeen to make his 2011 debut.