Monday, September 20, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/21

I'll be out of town for a couple of days, so I'm posting the next few days worth of Daily Prospect Reports tonight.

Dallas McPherson, 3B, Anaheim Angels
Drafted 57th Overall (second round), The Citadel
Bats L/Throws R
24YO, 6'4", 230 lbs

He went from being one of the 20 best prospects in baseball to being one of the 2 or 3 best prospects in baseball by hitting the snot out the ball. What can you really say about a guy who in AA and AAA, smashed 36 2B, 14 3B, and 40 HR to go with 66 walks in 521 at bats? His batting line at Arkansas was .321/.404/.660, and at Salt Lake City, he hit .313/.370/.680. Do I really need to convince anybody that somebody who hits like that is likely to be a pretty damned good major leaguer? Didn't think so.

What else can I say about him? His defense has always been questionable. But scouts reported that it was greatly improved this season, putting rumors of McPherson moving to an outfield corner to the back burner. He'll never be a candidate for a gold glove, but at this point, it looks like his defense is good enough that it won't mitigate the value of his offensive contributions.

He's currently in the middle of a september callup, though as I'm writing this, he only has 2 at bats. He seems to be a lock to be a regular in 2005, probably at third base. But the Angels do have a lot of options, and a crowded field of corner outfielders and corner infielders. If they happen to re-sign Troy Glaus, then McPherson will have to earn at bats in spring training. McPherson is great leverage for the Angels though, as now they don't feel like they have to overpay Glaus.

ETA is obviously now. Dallas gets a perfect 5 stars and is my early favorite for 2005 AL Rookie of the Year.



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