Sunday, November 07, 2004

Curtis Granderson Report

Curtis Granderson, OF, Detroit Tigers
Drafted 80th Overall (3rd Rd), 2002 Draft, Illinois-Chicago
Bats L/Throws R
23 YO, 6'1", 180 lbs

After 688 career at bats of .304/.381/.469, he stepped up the power and plate discipline this year in Erie. He ended the season with a .303/.407/.515 line. He smacked 19 doubles, 8 triples, and 21 home runs with 80 walks and 95 K's in 462 at bats. There's not much analysis needed for that. He was a little older than the normal AA player, but not enough to really discount his numbers. And it isn't like he was a stiff coming into 2004. He hit well in college. He hit well in his first couple of seasons, and then it looks like he refined his plate discipline and he reaped some pretty sweet rewards.

Granderson is now easily a top 100 prospect, and I think he'll be a solid starter in the majors for a decade or more. He can play center field, though I'm not sure if he'll stay there indefinitely. Wherever he ends up defensively, he'll slot into the middle of the Tigers lineup soon.

ETA: Late 2005
4 Stars

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