Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Byron Gettis Report

Byron Gettis, OF, Detroit Tigers
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1998, HS, Cahokia, IL
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'0", 235 lbs

Gettis was claimed on waivers by the Tigers from the Royals after a season split between Wichita, Omaha, and KC. He struggled badly against AL pitching, and demonstrated very little power anywhere. In 58 Texas League at bats, he hit .362/.448/.569 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 walks, and 12 K's. In the PCL, .257/.366/.363, 7 doubles, 4 home runs, 33 walks, 61 K's, in 179 at bats. It's starting to look like his .302/.377/.473 stint in Wichita in 2003 may be an outlier. Even if it is, Gettis could be a good bench player, playing both corner outfield spots and occasionally getting some time in center. He has strong plate discipline and a bit of speed. If he can find some power, he could be a regular for Detroit at some point. We'll see if that's a reasonable hope though.

ETA: Mid-2005
2 1/2 Stars

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