Saturday, November 06, 2004

Brad Eldred Report

Brad Eldred, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 163rd Overall (6th Rd), 2002 Draft, Florida International
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'5", 275 lbs

You expect a 6'5", 275 pound mountain of a first baseman to hit for some power. Eldred doesn't disappoint in that respect. He split the season between the Carolina League and the Eastern League, and hit 31 doubles and 38 home runs along the way. His lines: .310/.397/.570 in 335 at bats for Lynchburg (CL), and .279/.329/.687 in 147 at bats for Altoona (EL). This shouldn't be a huge surprise. He 29 homers as a senior at Florida International.

He doed strike out a lot. He whiffed 148 times this season, bringing his career total to 364 in 1178 at bats. He also could draw more walks, as he only drew 41 free passes this season, and has only 97 career walks. He does augment his OBP by taking one for the team (20 HBP this season). But he could be more effective if he tightened up his strike zone. His defense is questionable. And while he has better speed than you expect in a player this big, and he can steal a base on occasion, he isn't a big threat on the basepaths.

ETA: Late 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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