Saturday, October 16, 2004

Dioner Navarro Report

Dioner Navarro, C, New York Yankees
Signed as an undrafted free agent, 2000, Venezuela
Bats B/Throws R
20 YO, 5'10", 190 lbs

I really wanted to gloat and say that he was overrated going into the season. He probably was overrated. And he failed to meet the unrealistic expectations that were thrust upon him. But on the other hand, he did make it to AA as a 19 year old, and to AAA as a 20 year old.

Here are the numbers. In AA Trenton this season, he hit .271/.354/.369 in 121 at bats. And in 136 International League at bats, he hit .250/.316/.360. His walk rate is strong and improved a lot this season. He won't hit for the kind of average he showed last season (.341 in Trenton), and it doesn't look like he'll ever hit for much power. But he looks like he may slot in as a fringe starter in the majors. He's not a bad prospect. He's not a great one either.

ETA: Late 2005
3 Stars

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