Monday, September 20, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/22

Terry Tiffee, 3B, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 779th Overall (26th Round), Pratt Community College
Bats B/Throws R
25 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

I saw Tiffee play a few months ago. He didn't make too much of an impression that day. But very few of the Rochester hitters made much of an impression that day, as they were kept off balance by Jeff Farnsworth. He looked like he had a smooth, line drive swing from the left hand side. His stats bear that out. In 82 game at Rochester, he hit .307/.357/.522. As always, my main complaint is that he could draw some more walks. He drew 23 in 316 AB. Still, he makes good contact, striking out only 26 times in that sample. The slugging percentage is bolstered by 26 doubles, 3 triples, and 12 home runs. These are good numbers, and as the International League is just about as neutral as you'll find, it isn't like his numbers are inflated.

It looked like he would get a regular gig with the parent club, but he separated his shoulder and is likely done for the regular season, and is unlikely to make the playoff roster. He has 38 at bats in the majors, and has hit .289/.357/.526 with 5 extra base hits in as much time.

He projects out as a poor man's version of the player he's likely to replace, Corey Koskie. You'll see plenty of doubles, a few home runs, some good defense, and some good value. He's ready to contribute, but won't be a star.

ETA: Early 2005. Grade 3 stars.



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