Saturday, February 12, 2005

Jeff Mathis Report

Jeff Mathis, C, Anaheim Angels
Drafted 33rd Overall, 2001 Draft, HS, Marianna, FL
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'2", 180 lbs

Mathis went into the season as the second best catching prospect in baseball, only trailing everybody's All-American, Joe Mauer. He didn't do anything to tarnish that in the first half of 2004. However, he slumped all through the second half of the season.

2004 Arkansas (TL): .223/.308/.392, 24 2B, 14 HR, 49 BB, 100 K, 426 AB
Career: .279/.348/.444, 111 2B, 12 3B, 37 HR, 149 BB, 282 K, 1490 AB

Just as we shouldn't overreact to a poor prospect turning in a great season, we shouldn't overreact when a premium prospect lays an egg. He needs to regroup and come back swinging in 2005. I like his chances of doing so. He's still the catcher of the future for Anaheim.

His defense is average. His bat will carry his career, but he's not a liability.

ETA: 2006
3 1/2 Stars

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