Thursday, November 04, 2004

Aaron Baldiris Report

Aaron Baldiris, 3B, New York Mets
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1999, Venezuela
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'2", 195 lbs

I wonder what life might be like when you're a damned good prospect, yet you have a young star ahead of you whose long term future is actually better than yours. Baldiris has been living that reality for a couple years now, in the shadow of ├╝ber-prospect turned best player on the Mets, David Wright. Baldiris hit .305/.384/.397 with 15 doubles, 3 triples, and 4 home runs in 406 at bats for Hi-A St Lucie. Then he moved on and hit .222/.273/.284 for Binghamton. The power is a little low for a corner outfielder, but he drew 52 walks, and now has 176 career walks in 1462. He gets on base. That much is clear. He's at least a good Sean Burroughs comparable.

He also happens to be a gold glove caliber defender at third base, with enough range to make some people ponder a move to second. As treacherous as third-to-second transitions have been, I think Baldiris is a better bet than most of the other players who have tried it.

ETA: Late 2006
3 1/2 Stars

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