Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Joe Borchard Report

Joe Borchard, OF, Chicago White Sox
Drafted 12th Overall, 2000 Draft, Stanford
Bats B/Throws R
26 YO, 6'5", 220 lbs

Borchard isn't technically a prospect anymore, but he hasn't established himself as a major leaguer yet. He no longer has rookie eligibility. So where does he stand? He's fighting for at bats on the outfield corners, at DH, and as a backup for Scott Podsednik.

2004 Charlotte: .266/.333/.495, 21 2B, 16 HR, 30 BB, 68 K, 301 AB
2004 Chicago: .174/.249/.338, 4 2B, 9 HR, 9 BB, 57 K, 201 AB
Minor League Career: .275/.348/.473, 110 2B, 6 3B, 78 HR, 192 BB, 489 K, 1795 AB
Major League Career: .182/.248/.332, 5 2B, 12 HR, 25 BB, 89 K, 286 AB

I don't buy the idea of Borchard as a full time center fielder, as the White Sox were trying to do for several years. However, on a part time basis, it might help make him a major leaguer. I think he can stake out a Mark Whiten type career for himself. He has similar strengths and weaknesses. He has amazing power, a usable walk rate, big strikeout totals, and the erratic batting averages that come with high strikeout and walk rates. At this point I'm really sold on the comparison.

Any team that employs Borchard as a stating right fielder is going to be disappointed. However, if a team was looking for a 4th outfielder, he could be an interesting possibility, especially if you were able to spot him against mostly fastball pitchers, who he does real damage against.

3 Stars

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