Before 2009: Picked in the 5th round of the 2007 draft by the Yankees, Olbrychowski was sent to Short Season-A Staten Island after signing. Used strictly as a starter, he went 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 13 starts, walking 33 and strikking out 51 in 58.1 innings of work.
The following season, he spent the entire year with Low-A Charleston, where he made 22 appearances, including 19 starts. 7-8 with an ERA over five and one save, and it seemed it might be time to make the permanent change to the bullpen for the-then 21-year-old.
2009: Moved to the bullpen for the 2009 season, Olbrychowski spent all but one game of his 2009 campaign in High-A Tampa. In 32 appearances, Olbrychowski had the first standout season of his pro career, going 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 62.2 innings of work. However, his control was still somewhat of an issue, as he walked 43 batters, compared to 52 strikeouts. He made his Double-A debut in the Thunder’s last game of the season in New Britain, allowing two hits in a scoreless inning of work. He was subsequently returned back to Tampa for their postseason.
After 2009: 23 years old at the start of the 2010 season, Olbrychowski will do well for himself if he can start the season with Double-A Trenton. He’s not really considered much of a prospect at this point of his career, which is somewhat surprising given he was taken in the first five rounds just three years ago, but he can go a long way towards establishing himself as someone to watch with a strong season at Waterfront Park.
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