Sunday, March 06, 2005

Anthony Webster Report

Anthony Webster, OF, Texas Rangers
Drafted 463rd Overall (15th Rd), 2001 Draft, HS, Parsons, TN
Bats L/Throws R
21 YO, 6'0", 190 lbs

Webster is a speed guy who looks like he's slowly figuring it out. He has speed to spare and the scouts seem to think that he can add power in the future and become a 5 tool player.

2004 Stockton: .287/.363/.439, 20 2B, 7 3B, 8 HR, 39 BB, 69 K, 20 SB, 4 CS, 380 AB
mL Career: .302/.367/.406, 61 2B, 18 3B, 12 HR, 117 BB, 206 K, 78 SB, 31 CS, 1286 AB

Even in a down season, you can find progress. He was very effective on the basepaths. His walk rate cleared the break-even 10AB:1BB for the first time since he was a 19 year old in the Appalachian League. The rate stats aren't as good as they seem since he was playing in the California League. Adam Morris thinks that this is his make or break year, where he either becomes a big prospect or becomes organizational depth. That seems reasonable, but I think he may have 1 or 2 more years before that door gets totally closed.

Personally, I don't see a big power spike happening any time soon, but if Webster can work on getting on base and slapping line drives into the outfield, he could become a pretty valuable top of the order hitter. At worst he's a potential 5th outfielder. At best he's a poor man's (really, really poor to be exact) Carlos Beltran. I wish there were 3 just like him because I think there's a 1 in 3 chance that he breaks out and becomes a real challenge to Laynce Nix's job security.

ETA: 2006
3 Stars



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