Sunday, October 17, 2004

Ryan Harvey Report

Ryan Harvey, OF, Chicago Cubs
Drafted 6th Overall, 2003 Draft, HS, Dunedin, FL
Bats R/Throws R
20 YO, 6'5", 220 lbs

He's developing much slower than most had expected. He still hasn't made it to full season ball. And he hit .264/.327/.481 in 231 AB. His biggest problem right now is making contact. Strikeouts aren't a bad thing in and of themselves, but there's a point where it starts being a liability. Harvey struck out 78 times in only 231 at bats, while only drawing 20 walks. He has lightning in that bat as long as he makes contact, as witnessed by the .217 isolated slugging percentage including 14 home runs. He needs to shorten his swing and improve his plate discipline. If he does that, he could be a real stud. But for now, he's just an intriguing young player.

ETA: 2008
2 1/2 Stars

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