Thursday, February 10, 2005

Mark Teahen Report

Mark Teahen, 3B, Kansas City Royals
Drafted 39th Overall, 2002 Draft, St. Mary's College
Bats L/Throws R
23 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

Teahen is the chosen one at third base for the Royals. He's also been a controversial prospect ever since being one of Oakland's 7 infamous first round picks in the 2002 "Moneyball" draft class. Right now, you can classify them this way. Joe Blanton and Nick Swisher look like solid Major League regulars. Jeremy Brown looks like a future backup catcher. Steve Obenchain is a low ceiling swing starter in the making. Ben Fritz and John McCurdy are busts. And the jury is still out on Teahen.

Teahen made 3 stops on the season, and put up the following lines.

Midland (AA): .335/.419/.543, 15 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 29 BB, 44 K, 197 AB
Sacramento (AAA): .275/.383/.391, 8 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 11 BB, 22 K, 69 AB
Omaha (AAA): .280/.344/.447, 15 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 21 BB, 69 K, 246 AB
Career: .287/.368/.411, 79 2B, 11 3B, 18 HR, 153 BB, 310 K, 1256 AB

He looks to me to be a young version of the guy he's replacing. Aaron Boone is another comparable player, though Boone never had the kind of plate discipline that Teahen has shown thus far. For Teahen, the biggest place where he can improve is in the power department. He smacks line drives all over the place, but he doesn't get a lot of loft from his swing.

Defensively, he's already really good, a fringe gold glove candidate in fact. He has a good arm, quick feet, steady hands and great reflexes.

My guess is that he starts the season back in Omaha, but the Royals bring him up before the all star break.

ETA: Mid-season
3 1/2 Stars



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