Monday, October 25, 2004

Jason Pridie Report

Jason Pridie, CF, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Drafted 43rd Overall (2nd Rd), 2002 Draft, HS, Prescott, AZ
Bats L/Throws R
21 YO, 6'1", 180 lbs

He's a talented hitter with no earthly idea of what the strikezone is and why drawing walks is a good thing. He now has 92 career walks in 1,362 at bats. This season, he hit .276/.327/.470 with 27 doubles, 11 triples, 17 home runs, 40 walks, 114 K's, in 515 at bats, and 17 stolen bases with a 74% success rate with Charleston (S.C.) of the Sally League. 20 more walks a year, and he's a pretty nice prospect. Double that walk rate, and he's a premium run producer.

It is possible for some players to learn plate discipline. Some players never learn though. Some players succeed despite hacking away at every pitch they see. The Rays have a couple of players who are above replacement level while not drawing any walks. Pridie needs a plate discipline infusion.

ETA: 2008
2 1/2 Stars

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