Saturday, March 12, 2005

Eric Crozier Report

Eric Crozier, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
Drafted 1234th Overall (41st Rd), 2000 Draft, Norfolk State U.
Bats L/Throws L
26 YO, 6'4", 200 lbs

Crozier is what the Jays got from the Indians for crushing disappointment Josh Phelps last season. He's now in the mix for at bats at first base and designated hitter in 2005. I wouldn't be surprised if he out-hits both Shae Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske this season and steals a job.

2004 Buffalo: .297/.375/.571, 21 2B, 20 HR, 36 BB, 67 K, 296 AB
2004 Syracuse: .277/.393/.394, 8 2B, 1 HR, 16 BB, 27 K, 94 AB
2004 Toronto: .150/.282/.394, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 BB, 19 K, 38 AB
mL Career: .286/.381/.484, 63 2B, 6 3B, 50 HR, 166 BB, 293 K, 1137 AB

An easy way to define Crozier would be big, late-blooming power hitter. He's old for a prospect, but anybody who can put up a AAA line like that stands a pretty good chance of being at least league average as a major leaguer. Don't expect any all star appearances, but he might get a couple years where he provides 300 at bats of decent production for the major league minimum. I wouldn't have him on your fantasy baseball draft lists, but at least store the name in the back of your head for future reference.

ETA: 2005
3 Stars

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