Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Vasili Spanos Report

Vasili Spanos, 3B/1B, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 332nd Overall (11th rd), 2003 Draft, Indiana University
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'1", 230 lbs

He isn't a premium prospect, but he's interesting. Spanos is an organizational soldier in the making, but it looks like he might end up being more than that. Here's the background. Spanos was a star third baseman in college, a star in the Big Ten. He posted yearly OPS's of 992, 1291, and 1216 with absolutely Bondsian lines. This season, he hit .311/.419/.505 for Kane County in 339 at bats with 54 walks in 331 at bats. Kane County was absolutely loaded with this kind of hitter though, as Luke Appert, Brian Snyder, Nick Rogers, Danny Putnam, Brian Ingram, David Castillo, and Trevor Brown all had exceptional walk rates.

Spanos is a hitter. He's no great shakes with the glove, and he's a bit old for the league he was in, but he's in the one organization that is likely to give him real chances to make the major leagues.

ETA: 2006
3 Stars

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