Thursday, October 14, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 10/14

Matt Whitney, 3B, Cleveland Indians
Drafted 33rd Overall, 2002 Draft, HS, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Bats R/Throws R
20 YO, 6'4", 190 lbs

After he was drafted, the Indians started comparing him to Scott Rolen. Like Rolen, he was a big, strong kid with a power hitter's swing, and enough athleticism to be a star at the hot corner. He didn't disappoint after signing, putting up a .286/.359/.537 line in the Appalachian League. Then in the offseason, he broke his leg in 2 places playing basketball and missed all of the 2003 season, and the first couple of months of the 2004 season as well. He obviously is still in recovery mode, as he only hit .256/.347/.390 in only 195 at bats for Lake County.

I liked him a lot before the draft, and I thought he was a great prospect. The jury is still out. I hope that a freak accident doesn't deprive him of a career.

ETA: 2008-ish
2 Stars

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