Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/29

Lastings Milledge, CF, NY Mets
Drafted 12th Overall, 2003 Draft, HS, Palmetto, FL
Bats R/Throws R
19 YO, 6'1", 185 lbs

He was supposed to be drafted in the top 5 of the 2003 draft, but he fell due to signability and attitude questions. He's a classic tools hound, with speed, an aesthetically pleasing swing, and a strong arm.

He lived up the hype for the most part this season, hitting .337/.399/.579 in the Sally League. He only drew 18 walks in his 261 AB, but he supplemented the OBP by drawing 12 free passes by getting plunked. He demonstrated impressive power for a 19 year old center fielder, with 13 HR's. He briefly went to the Hi-A Florida State League, but when he hit .235/.319/.432, they sent him back to Capital City.

As with most young players, he needs to demonstrate better control of the strike zone. He basically needs to keep making progress. He's not as raw as I expected, but he's still a couple years away at best, which is alright because the Mets have the underappreciated Mike Cameron in center.

ETA: 2007
3 1/2 Stars

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