Saturday, September 25, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/25

Marshall McDougall, IF, Texas Rangers
Drafted 270th Overall (9th Round), 2000 Draft, Florida State
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'1", 200lbs

McDougall was a star shortstop in college, hitting for power and average at Florida State, including a 6 home run game in 1999. He wasn't highly regarded because of his athletic skills (or lack thereof), so Oakland selected him in the 9th round. Since then, he's made his way through the minor league systems of the A's, Indians, and Rangers. This year, he spent most of his time in Oklahoma City.

He's not a premium prospect, but he does hit (.282/.349/.508 in AAA this season, .315/.383/.493 in AA) fairly well, and plays SS, 2B, and 3B. His defensive limitations at second and short mean that he's best suited for a utility infielder role, as he doesn't hit well enough to be a plausible starting third baseman. He could be very useful in that role, as most utility infielders hit like Juan Castro or Hector Luna.

His plate discipline is decent, but not spectacular. His power is more than adequate for a middle infielder, but lacking for third baseman.

He's about as ready now as he'll ever be. He gets 2 stars.

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