Saturday, March 05, 2005

Alexis Rios Report

Alexis Rios, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Drafted 19th Overall, 1999 Draft, HS, Guaynabo, PR
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'5", 185 lbs

Okay, okay. So Rios isn't technically a prospect anymore since he has 3 1/2 times the maximum number of major league at bats you can have in order to be eligible for the Rookie of the Year. However, I thought I'd take a look at him since he's still an interesting young player who hasn't established himself as a major league regular.

2004 Syracuse: .259/.292/.373, 10 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 BB, 30 K, 2 SB, 1 CS, 185 AB
2004 Toronto: .286/.338/.383, 24 2B, 7 3B, 1 HR, 31 BB, 84 K, 15 SB, 3 CS, 426 AB
mL Career: .293/.334/.401, 103 2B, 35 3B, 20 HR, 130 BB, 296 K, 64 SB, 38 CS, 2149 AB

It looks to me like 2003's .352/.402/.521 was an outlier. His plate discipline is still somewhere around Shawn Dunston territory. His power more or less evaporated. And he struck out more often than you'd like to see in a hitter that doesn't draw many walks.

On the positive side, he's a good defensive player at any of the three outfield positions, he's an effective baserunner, and he's still young enough that he could theoretically salvage a career for himself.

I'm not ready to completely throw in the towel, but let's just say I'm not going to draft him in any of my fantasy leagues until he strings together at least two consecutive league average seasons.

ETA: N/A
2 Stars



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