Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Ian Bladergroen Report

Ian Bladergroen, 1B, Boston Red Sox
Drafted 1314th Overall (44th Rd), 2002 Draft, Lamar CC
Bats L/Throws L
21 YO, 6'4", 193 lbs

Bladergroen is what it cost for the Mets to get a hold of Doug Mientkiewicz. Evidently, in order to get a first baseman with an impossible to spell last name, you have to GIVE a first baseman with an impossible to spell last name.

Bladergroen is a power hitting JuCo draft pick who tore up the Sally League before tearing up his wrist. As an aside, what is it with first basemen and wrist injuries? It seems like every decent first base prospect of the last half decade has had a wrist injury. From Casey Kotchman to Nick Johnson to James Loney to Jason Stokes, this is just eerie. Bladergroen's line from Capital City was .342/.397/.595 with 23 doubles, 13 home runs, 25 walks, and 55 strikeouts in 269 at bats. The injury probably destroyed the chance of a promotion to HiA and thus negated a possible opportunity to see what he'd do against a little better competition. As to his performance when he was healthy, it was good. I'm impressed with the power, which is top notch. The plate discipline is acceptable, though with that strikeout total, I have the feeling that he could probably stand to lay off the sliders in the dirt. Baseball America likes his defense. And while he doesn't steal many bases, what first baseman does?

I wouldn't have made the trade if I were Omar Minaya, but then I have a bias against first basemen without any sort of power. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to give up a good prospect in the deal.

ETA: Late 2007
3 1/2 Stars

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