Friday, March 18, 2005

Jeremy Brown Report

Jeremy Brown, C, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 35th Overall, 2002 Draft, Alabama
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 5'10", 210 lbs

Possibly the most controversial catcher prospect of the last 10 years for reasons completely beyond his control. The book Moneyball made him infamous as a "fat catcher" who scouts hated and statheads loved. A lot of hyperbole has been thrown his way courtesy of each camp.

2004 Midland: .256/.361/.357, 27 2B, 6 HR, 71 BB, 80 K, 446 AB
mL Career: .273/.391/.404, 52 2B, 21 HR, 166 BB, 172 K, 894 AB

Let's try to be fair and impartial. I tend to lean heavily towards the stats side of the great debate, but I value input from scouting enthusiasts. Both approaches have strengths and weaknesses, just as Brown has strengths and weaknesses.

So where do we stand? Brown can hit for a modest average, play replacement level defense, and draw enough walks to warrant keeping him around. He isn't a future star because he doesn't hit for much power. If he ever finds a power spike, he can probably find himself starting for a season or two with a middle of the pack team looking for some OBP from the bottom of the order. If he doesn't find that power spike (which is the more likely scenario), he'll have a 4 to 8 year run as a decent backup catcher for a major league team. He isn't a wasted pick. He was a compromise for a cash strapped organization. He's flawed, but useful. There are worse things to be. He's also on the A's 40 man roster, which means he could replace Adam Melhuse in 2006 as Jason Kendall's main backup.

ETA: 2006
2 Stars

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