Saturday, January 01, 2005

Ian Kinsler Report

Ian Kinsler, SS, Texas Rangers
Drafted 496th Overall (17th Rd), 2003 Draft, Missouri
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'0", 175 lbs

Well that was a nice surprise. It isn't often that somebody comes so completely out of nowhere to be one of the best hitting prospects in baseball. He doesn't have quite the upside that a Joel Guzman has, but that's a lot to ask anyways.

Kinsler hit .402/.465/.692 in 224 at bats in the Midwest League and .299/.401/.465 in 271 at bats in the Texas League. He hit a combined 51 doubles and 19 home runs, and drew 57 walks with 83 strikeouts in his 495 at bats. He'll probably start 2005 in the PCL and projects to be a long term replacement for Alfonso Soriano. I think he could pack on even more power, turning some of those doubles into home runs.

ETA: Late 2005
4 1/2 Stars

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