Scarpetta at JS Online

Tom Haudricourt has a Getting to Know: Cody Scarpetta feature at JSOnline.

Right-hander Cody Scarpetta is one of the more interesting pitching prospects in the Brewers’ spring camp, both because of his talent and his unusual roster status.

Because a technicality related to a pre-existing finger injury forced the Brewers to void their original signing and place Scarpetta on their 40-man roster prematurely after he was drafted in 2007, the “option clock” started ticking earlier than normal.

Scarpetta hopes to make that unusual situation a non-issue by moving to the big leagues as quickly as possible. And by getting a third big-league camp at the tender age of 22, the big right-hander is soaking up as much knowledge and advice as possible.

“I want to continue to work hard and keep developing,” said Scarpetta, an 11th round pick in 2007. “Being in big-league camp has helped me a lot.

“You always want to keep working on your game. I try to listen and talk to as many guys as possible, then bring that advice into my game. I’ve already learned a lot.”

Scarpetta has shown an aptitude for coaching as well. When he was struggling with his command in the early weeks of the 2010 season at high Class A Brevard County, he was brought in for repairs by Manatees pitching coach Fred Dabney and minor-league pitching coordinator Lee Tunnell.

Dabney and Tunnell showed Scarpetta that he wasn’t fully incorporating his lower half into his delivery, and once those adjustments were made, the results gradually improved. When all was said and done, Scarpetta finished with a deceptive 7-12 record and 3.87 ERA in 27 starts, with a ******** 142 strikeouts in 128 innings.

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