Monday, February 14, 2005

Denard Span Report

Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 20th Overall, 2002 Draft, HS, Tampa, FL
Bats L/Throws L
19 YO, 6'1", 180 lbs

The Twins draft really well, and their farm system has consistantly been one of the best in baseball, but I don't get what they see in Span. He's fast as hell, but he's really, really raw.

2004 Quad Cities: .267/.363/.308, 4 2B, 3 3B, 0 HR, 34 BB, 49 K, 15 SB, 8 CS, 240 AB
Career: .268/.359/.313, 9 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 57 BB, 83 K, 29 SB, 13 CS, 447 AB

The only thing I like in those lines is the walk rate. He isn't hitting for average. He isn't hitting for any kind of power. He's stealing bases, but he's getting nailed by the catcher too often. He's even raw on defense, where his speed probably has the best chance of becoming a real weapon. He can cover some serious ground, but he's still learning how to read fly balls and make good breaks when he picks up the ball off the bat. His arm is poor, so even if he defelops into a flycatcher, he might not turn into a Mike Cameron defensive force.

ETA: 2008
1 1/2 Stars

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