Sunday, December 19, 2004

Shane Victorino Report

Shane Victorino, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Drafted 194th Overall (6th Rd), 1999 Draft, HS, Wailuku, HI
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 5'9", 160 lbs

This is Victorino's second try as a Rule 5 pick as last year he was selected by the Padres to be their 4th outfielder. He didn't do well and was returned to the Dodgers, where he split the remainder of his season between Jacksonville and Las Vegas. He hit very well in Jacksonville, posting a .328/.375/.584 line in 293 at bats, but struggled in the PCL, going .235/.278/.335 in 200 AB.

I don't see him sticking this season either. His plate discipline is poor, as he drew 31 walks in 493 at bats this season while striking out 101 times. I think he ends up as a AAA outfielder roaming the second tier cities of baseball. He'll learn to hit AAA pitchers, but he doesn't look like he has the skills to make it in the majors.

ETA: Opening Day
1 1/2 Stars

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