Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Pat Osborn Report

Pat Osborn, 3B, Cleveland Indians
Drafted 72nd Overall (2nd Rd), 2002 Draft, Florida
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

Osborn is an offense-first third baseman. The offense is pretty nice though. He hit .344/.421/.534 with 16 doubles, 6 triples, 10 home runs, 37 walks, and 52 K's in 305 at bats for Kingston. He was a bit older than most of his competition, and it was by far his best season. The indicators look good though. He's always had a healthy walk rate, and reasonable strikeout rates. The offensive breakout he had in 2004 looks like it was for real.

Aside from shaky defense, the other thing that has held Osborn back is a Casey Kotchman-esque injury prone nature. He was shut down at the end of the season because of a shoulder problem. He also had a problem with his wrist and a quadriceps injury. If he can manage to stay healthy, he could end up being a valuable utility player in the major leagues. He has a good bat, and while he isn't great defensively at any one position, he can play third and short. It's reasonable to think that he could learn to play second and the outfield, which would make him particularly valuable given the toll that the long season can take on a lineup.

ETA: Late 2006
3 Stars

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