Sunday, October 17, 2004

John Buck Report

John Buck, C, Kansas City Royals
Drafted 7th Round, 1998 Draft, HS, Taylorsville, UT
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

I like him. I really do. He had a really rough introduction to the major leagues, but he can hit and field. In New Orleans this season, he hit .300/.368/.507 with 11 doubles, 12 home runs, 23 walks, and 39 K's in 227 at bats. The PCL in general is a nice place to be a hitter, but New Orleans itself is a horrible park for hitters. I don't think he's likely to maintain that matting average in the major leagues, but the power is for real. On the other hand, he should have better batting averages than the .235 he posted in KC. He's also a damned good defensive catcher.

He's no star in the making, but he'll be a competent, steady starter at a position where it's tough to find good players.

ETA: Now
3 1/2 Stars

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