Sunday, January 30, 2005

Jason Bartlett Report

Jason Bartlett, SS, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 390th Overall (13th Rd), 2001 Draft, Oklahoma
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'2", 180 lbs

Bartlett is likely to be the starting shortstop for the Twins this season after Jim Bowden decided that Christian Guzman was his guy giving him stupid amounts of money. Bartlett is a cost-effective answer at the position, who is likely to be league average. He hit .332/.417/.475 with 15 doubles, 7 triples, 3 home runs, 33 walks, and 36 K's in 265 at bats for Rochester, missing some time with a broken wrist. That's pretty good for a shortstop.

He isn't a power hitter, but he'll hit liners all of the outfield, and draw some walks. His defense and baserunning are average. He won't be spectacular, but he'll be competant, probably better than Guzman, who didn't get on base enough to counteract his own lack of power.

ETA: Opening Day
3 1/2 Stars

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