Friday, October 01, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 10/1

Daric Barton, C, St Louis Cardinals
Drafted 28th Overall, 2003 Draft, HS, Huntington Beach, CA
Bats L/Throws R
19 YO, 6'0", 205 lbs

At some point he's going to become a first baseman. Whether he goes there at age 21 or at age 30 is the big question. Cardinal supporters shouldn't lose too much sleep over the question, because he hits enough that he'd be one of the 2 or 3 best 1B prospects in baseball if he happened to make the switch tomorrow. That isn't to say that it doesn't matter which position he plays, because it matters a lot. A catcher with his bat is worth a lot of wins, and the longer you can justify him staying behind the plate, they better off you are because he brings much more value to your team.

But let's stop covering ground that was more elegantly covered by Bill James 20 years ago and get to the specifics of this particular player. Barton is a very nice prospect. He'll hit, and hit well. He put up a .313/.445/.511 line in 313 at bats for Peoria. He posted a 78/44 BB/K ratio, which is something that teenagers don't usually do in full season ball. The .198 isolated slugging percentage is pretty nice from a 19 year old as well. He's good. And no, I'm not related.

ETA: 2007
4 1/2 Stars

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