Friday, November 05, 2004

Jarred Ball Report

Jarred Ball, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Drafted 278th Overall (9th Rd), 2001 Draft, HS, Houston, TX
Bats B/Throws R
21 YO, 6'1", 170 lbs

Stop me if you've heard this one before. Jarred Ball is a Diamondbacks outfield prospect who can hit a little bit. What a novel concept! He isn't a prospect in the Jon Zeringue/Conor Jackson class, but he's not a stiff. He hit .297/.359/.472 with 26 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs, 45 walks, and 123 K's in 472 at bats with Lancaster, of the Cal League. Not bad. The walk rate has improved little by little and is now acceptable. He strikes out a lot more than you expect from a player with mid-range power. But I think he'll hit as he moves up, and might add more power as he fills out a bit.

Right now he's a center fielder with good speed. However, he rates as kind of a tweener defensively, as his arm is weak, and he isn't a true flycatcher, like Juan Pierre or Mike Cameron. He might settle in as a Shannon Stewart type of outfielder.

ETA: 2007
3 Stars

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