Sunday, October 10, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 10/10

Omar Quintanilla, SS, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 33rd Overall, 2003 Draft, University of Texas
Bats L/Throws L
22 YO, 5'9", 190 lbs

After a very successful college career, Quintanilla was drafted by the A's, which should be a surprise to nobody. He hit a combined .358/.414/.491 between two stops in his pro debut. This year he hit .315/.370/.481 with 32 doubles and 11 home runs in 451 at bats for Modesto of the California League. Very unlike an A's prospect, he drew only 37 walks. After a promotion to AA Midland, he hit .351/.419/.521 with 10 doubles, 2 homers, 10 walks, and 9 strikeouts in 94 at bats. He's a doubles machine, that's for sure. I don't think he's going ever develop into a Marcus Giles type of power source, and he isn't a walk machine, but he looks like he stands a good chance at being a productive middle infielder.

Speculation is that he's better suited for second base, but with Bobby Crosby firmly entrenched at short, that's not a problem. The A's always seem to have an open competition for their second base job. Omar has a good chance of winning a battle for that spot and holding onto it. He's a better prospect than most of the A's other candidates, Mike Rouse, Freddie Bynum, and John McCurdy. And his long term future looks brighter than Marco Scutaro and Mark Ellis.

ETA: Late 2005
3 Stars

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