Friday, November 26, 2004

Lou Palmisano Report

Lou Palmisano, C, Milwaukee Brewers
Drafted 69th Overall (3rd rd), 2003 Draft, Broward CC, FL
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'1", 185 lbs

I have a rule about catchers. Only draft them if they can hit. Catchers with questionable bats, like Scott Heard, tend to have very high washout rates in the minors. It sounds like common sense, but teams draft all leather, no lumber backstops from time to time, and sometimes they spend high draft picks on them. Palmisano is a catcher who can hit. In his pro debut, he hit .391/.458/.592 in 174 Pioneer League at bats. You don't need me to tell you that's pretty good. This season he hit .293/.371/.413 in 409 at bats for Beloit of the Midwest League. I'm not sure where the power went, but the plate discipline looks good, and any catcher who puts up that line is pulling his weight. However, that was fairly disappointing for a kid who had an isolated slugging percentage in the .200 range.

He is a capable defensive catcher who shouldn't have to move from behind the plate. He isn't going to run very much, but nobody expects that from a catcher anyways. Also, don't worry too much about the age. He just turned 22 in september.

ETA: 2007
4 Stars

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