Thursday, September 16, 2004

Daily Prospect Report

I'm going to try to do this just about every day. I can't make any promises. But I'll try my best.

Danny Putnam, OF, Oakland A's
Drafted 36th overall, 2004 Draft, Stanford U.
Bats L/Throws L
21 YO, 5'10, 200 lbs

Scouts compare him to Brian Giles because of his short, stocky build and his patient, polished approach at the plate. An Oakland prospect with a "polished" approach at the plate? You're kidding me!

After being drafted, he went to work in the Northwest League, where he hit .289/.481/.500 in a small (38 AB) sample before moving on to the Midwest League, with Kane County. There he hit .224/.354/.417. The 156 at bat sample is still small, so it really doesn't tell us anything conclusive. What we do know is that he hit in high school, hit at Stanford, hit it wood bat summer leagues. We know he's not what you have in mind when you go out looking for a corner outfielder, but if he can come close to replicating what the toolsier Nick Swisher has done, he's a good prospect.

He's teamed up with fellow college bat Richie Robnett, who could probably be Putnam's stunt double, on both stops in pro ball. If you want a scouting report on Robnett, you can pretty much change the names and the schools, and run the same report. Their profiles are almost identical, and their stats aren't far off either.

Let's give Putnam 3 Stars out of 5, but like Swisher before him, he has the opportunity to move quickly.

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