Monday, December 06, 2004

Travis Ishikawa Report

Travis Ishikawa, 1B, San Francisco Giants
Drafted 637th Overall (21st Rd), 2002 Draft, HS, Federal Way, WA
Bats L/Throws L
21 YO, 6'3", 190 lbs

Ishikawa is a nice mid-range prospect. He's not going to make a top 100 list, but he has a plausible future as a major leaguer. He's an athletic first baseman, which sounds like a contradiction in terms, with a nice swing and advanced approach. He started 2004 in the Sally League, where he hit .256/.357/.448 with 19 doubles, 15 home runs, 45 walks, and 110 strikeouts in 335 at bats. He was promoted late in the season to San Jose of the California League, where he went .232/.353/.411 with 7 doubles, 1 home run, 10 walks, and 16 K's in 56 at bats. The walk rate and isolated slugging percentages are good, but not great. He shows some promise. That's where we stand. We'll find out more when he tries to make the jump to AA, which makes or breaks a lot of prospects of this type. Right now he looks like a less extreme (and possibly more talented) version of Kila Kaaihue.

ETA: 2007
3 Stars

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