Monday, September 20, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/23

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Texas Rangers
Drafted 1st Overall, 2000 Draft, HS, Chula Vista, CA.
Bats L/Throws L
22 YO, 6'2", 220 lbs

This is a young man who has had a lot of ups and downs in his career. He was the first overall pick, but the selection was ridiculed because signability played a factor. Then he hit like Edgar Martinez, and soared up to AA as a teenager. He was on the fast track. Then he struggled in AA, suffered from injury, and dropped off most people's prospect radar screens. After being traded to the Rangers in the Urbina deal, he's back. He was rated as the Rangers top prospect by Baseball America in the offseason, and hit .304/.364/.457 in 457 PCV at bats. Now he'll never be a power hitter. Offensively, his best comparable is probably Sean Casey. His walk rate has been sub-optimal this season. Defensively, he's a possible gold glove candidate. His range is great, his hands are steady, and he has a better arm than most first basemen.

Right now, he'd be role player at best. If he worked on the walk rate, he could become a poor man's John Olerud.

ETA is mid-2005. I'll give him 3 stars.

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