Friday, October 08, 2004

Bonus Prospect Report

Corey Hart, LF, Milwaukee Brewers
Drafted 11th Round, 2000 Draft, HS, Bowling Green, KY
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'6", 200 lbs

I like him. I think he'll make a good major league left fielder. I watched him play this season here in Indy. He has a nice swing with loft and power. It's also a good thing that the Brewers have stopped pretending like Hart is a third baseman. He's a corner outfielder. He compiled a .281/.342/.485 in 441 AAA at bats. For a player that tall, he has good speed, witnessed by his 8 triples and 17 stolen bases, though with 7 times caught stealing, it's barely an asset for the team, and something he would do well to work on. His plate discipline is fair, but could be better.

Because of his size, the comparison that usually comes up with Hart is former Brewers 1B, Richie Sexson. The swing looks similar, and Sexson's 2003 .272/.379/.548 peak looks like a reasonable upside. I'm not sure if he'll ever hit 40 home runs, as Sexson has done. Another reasonable comparison that has always seemed apt to me is Carlos Lee.

ETA: 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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