Thursday, February 17, 2005

Matt Esquivel Report

Matt Esquivel, OF, Atlanta Braves
Drafted 165th Overall (5th Rd), 2001 Draft, HS, San Antonio, TX
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'2", 220 lbs

Esquivel is an athletic former football player who has some athletic skills, but he needs to improve his batting eye.

2004 Rome: .282/.354/.489, 31 2B, 3 3B, 16 HR, 35 BB, 140 K, 12 HBP, 14 SB, 4 CS, 411 AB
Career: .281/.351/.477, 54 2B, 9 3B, 32 HR, 76 BB, 279 K, 22 HBP, 23 SB, 8 CS, 858 AB

He has the beginnings of a well rounded game, with some power, some speed, and a good glove in the outfield with solid range and steady hands. The K/BB ratio makes me wonder whether he'll make enough contact to be productive at higher levels. He has time to work on that. The Braves look like they're going to be patient with him. He isn't a top prospect, but he bears watching due to his all around talent, especially if you're in a roto league.

ETA: 2007
2 1/2 Stars

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