Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Howie Kendrick Report

Howie Kendrick, 2B, Anaheim Angels
Drafted 294th Overall (10th Rd), 2002 Draft, St. John's River CC
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 5'10", 170 lbs

Kendrick is a talented hitter of the Rocco Baldelli mold. He hit .367/.398/.578 with 24 doubles, 6 triples, 10 home runs, 12 walks, and 41 K's in 313 at bats for Cedar Rapids. I really, really want to see more walks out of him, but he's doing alright without it. I'm optimistic about him despite myself. I can't believe that he's going to maximize his talent while he's drawing one walk for every 26 at bats, but as we've seen, there are some players like Garrett Anderson and Baldelli that can get by with it. It would be a waste if he only "got by with it" though, as he could be a potentially devastating bat for a middle infielder. He's also good defensively and stole 15 bases this season.

ETA: 2007
4 Stars

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