Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Chris Snyder/Koyie Hill Report

Chris Snyder, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
Drafted 68th Overall (2nd Rd), 2002 Draft, Houston
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'3", 220 lbs

Koyie Hill, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
Drafted 117th Overall (4th Rd), 2000 Draft, Wichita State
Bats B/Throws R
26 YO, 6'0", 190 lbs

I'm reviewing both of the Snakes catcher prospects at once because they really are in a knock-down, drag-out, winner takes all fight for a job.

Snyder
2004 El Paso: .301/.389/.520, 31 2B, 15 HR, 46 BB, 57 K, 346 AB
2004 Arizona: .240/.327/.458, 6 2B, 5 HR, 13 BB, 25 K, 96 AB
mL Career: .276/.327/.448, 77 2B, 2 3B, 30 HR, 125 BB, 183 K, 996 AB

Hill
2004 Las Vegas: .286/.339/.471, 26 2B, 13 HR, 28 BB, 69 K, 350 AB
2004 Arizona: .250/.289/.391, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K, 36 AB
mL Career: .284/.348/.398, 109 2B, 4 3B, 37 HR, 199 BB, 344 K, 1980 AB

Here's the deal. Snyder is a power hitting, low average, mid-range catcher. There's been a lot of discussion of his defense, but it's really a situation where he's not going to win any awards anytime soon, but he's not going to be a liability.

Hill is a guy who will draw some walks, hit for a decent average (though not anything in the .300+ range) and he's great defensively. However, I don't think he's going to hit for much power.

They're both reasonable choices as a major league catcher. Hill seems like a low risk, low rewards guy who will be a steady veteran for half a decade before going on the Damian Miller/Chad Moehler world tour, bouncing from team to team for the rest of his career. Snyder carries a higher risk since if he doesn't hit for power, he's not going to be of much use. However, he has the higher upside. If he can win himself a job, he might end up being a .265/.335/.465 hitter at catcher, which would be pretty damned valuable. I know that fantasy baseball owners aren't going to like the idea, but a platoon might be the best arrangement. Their skill sets work well together.

Snyder
ETA: Opening Day
3 1/2 Stars

Hill
ETA: Opening Day
3 Stars



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