Monday, September 20, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/20

Jon Zeringue, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Drafted 56th Overall, 2004 Draft, Louisiana State
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'2", 210 lbs

Zeringue's name is hard to spell without looking it up. That's about the worst thing I have to say about him. Right after being signed by the Snakes, he was sent to Lancaster of the California League. He was very impressive there. In 230 at bats, he put up a .335/.374/.552 line with 27 extra base hits and 15 walks to 53 strikeouts. Sure, I'd like to see more walks and fewer strikeouts, but the California League is Hi-A. Most draftees make their debut in the Pioneer League or the New York-Penn. Not only did Zeringue play in an advanced A league strait out of college, he hit very well. In addition, he's a pure right fielder with good range and a cannon arm. As a junior at LSU, he just missed out on hitting .400 on the season.

My lone caveat for him is that LSU has an extreme hitter's park and the Cal League is more of the same. His numbers are a little inflated, and I wouldn't be surprised if they come down quite a bit when he goes to whatever AA outpost the Diamondbacks end up with next season. With Zeringue, Conor Jackson, and Carlos Quentin, the Snakes have the best collection of outfield prospects in baseball, and it isn't particularly close.

ETA: 2006, 3 1/2 Stars, but that rating could go to 4 1/2 if he repeats that success in AA next season.

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