Monday, November 15, 2004

Antoin Gray Report

Antoin Gray, 2B, Chicago White Sox
Drafted 742nd Overall (25th rd), 2003 Draft, Southern University
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 5'9", 195 lbs

He has a live bat, witnessed by the .294/.356/.459 he put up at Kannapolis this season. This is consistent with the .292/.406/.451 he posted in the Pioneer League in his introduction to pro ball. His plate discipline slipped a little bit as he drew 39 walks in 477 at bats. But he does show nice power for a middle infielder and he drew 49 walks in only 277 at bats in 2003 as well as his excellent walk rate in college.

The biggest problem is his defense. He's very, very raw for a second baseman, and doesn't quite have the arm to make it as a third baseman, and even if he did, his bat would be mediocre at best for a corner infielder. He also doesn't appear to have the speed that you associate with a second baseman, so a conversion to center field probably wouldn't help matters a whole lot.

He's an intriguing prospect, but still a long way from the majors and a bit of a project.

ETA: 2007
2 1/2 Stars

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