Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Luke Scott Report

Luke Scott, OF, Houston Astros
Drafted 277th Overall (9th Rd), 2001 Draft, Oklahoma State
Bats L/Throws R
27 YO, 6'0", 210 lbs

Scott is a late bloomer who will be around in case Jason Lane lays an egg early in the season.

2004 Salem: .278/.376/.469, 20 2B, 8 HR, 41 BB, 58 K, 241 AB
2004 Round Rock: .298/.401/.654, 17 2B, 19 HR, 33 BB, 43 K, 208 AB
mL Career: .273/.358/.510, 84 2B, 62 HR, 149 AB, 305 K, 1207 AB

The future is now for Scott. He's at his peak, and if he can impress the Astros enough to make the team as a bench player, he can easily hit his way into a short, but effective Major League career, even starting for a few years once Biggio and Bagwell decide to call it quits or leave town. He's limited to left field and he doesn't have real star potential, but you could say the same things about Lane.

Scott is what he is. He'll get on base, hit for some power, and play mediocre defense. He won't however carry a team or draw a lot of attention. As fourth outfielders go, I'd rather pay the minimum for his skill set than millions for Juan Encarnacion.

ETA: 2005
3 Stars

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