Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Hunter Brown Report

Hunter Brown, IF, Seattle Mariners
Drafted Rice University
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'2", 200 lbs

This year Brown emerged as a potential utility infielder. He's listed as a third baseman. He played 80 games there this season, which combined with his 814 OPS brings to mind memories of Justin Leone. He doesn't have Leone's power, so that comparison is optimistic. He does however have a better glove. According to Jeff Sullivan, the organization is absolutely in love with his defense.

2004 San Antonio: .286/.379/.435 19 2B, 4 3B, 13 HR, 56 BB, 80 K, 20 SB, 8 CS, 13 HBP, 441 AB
Career: .259/.364/.424 62 2B, 7 3B, 35 HR, 162 BB, 228 K, 33 SB, 15 CS, 27 HBP, 1094 AB

He played 80 games at third base, 28 games at second base, and 21 games at first base. His on-base skills should help make him more useful, but he's hurt by his lack of power and the fact that he isn't a shortstop, which is something that a lot of teams demand from utility infielders. He's much more useful than Luis Ugueto ever was. Don't expect a star here. Tony Graffanino circa 2001 is probably his ceiling. But at worst, he's a good guy to have hanging around on your AAA affiliate.

ETA: late 2005
2 1/2 Stars

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