Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Maicer Izturis Report

Maicer Izturis, IF, Anaheim Angels
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1998, Venezuela
Bats B/Throws R
24 YO, 5'8", 150 lbs

Izturis part two! Just like the original, only not quite as good with the glove (but still quite good). Both brothers had a breakthrough with the lumber last season and it took me completely by surprise.

2004 Edmonton: .338/.428/.423, 19 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 57 BB, 30 K, 14 SB, 12 CS, 12 GIDP, 376 AB
2004 Montreal: .206/.286/.318, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 10 BB, 20 K, 4 SB, 0 CS, 1 GIDP, 107 AB
mL Career: .298/.374/.394, 46 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR, 105 BB, 81 K, 42 SB, 24 CS, 30 GIDP, 895 AB

He had a massive spike in his walk rate, and if he can maintain it, he's a big assett, and a better player than Christian Guzman, whose aquisition pushed Jim Bowden to give Izturis to the Halos as a throw-in bonus in the offseason Juan Rivera/Jose Guillen trade. At worst, he's better, healthier version of Juan Castro. At best, he's a better version of Ramon Vazquez. And while to some that may be a hair-splitting difference, it is the difference between being a run of the mill utility infieder and being an adequate starting shortstop. For 2005, Izturis gets to be Orlando Cabrera's backup.

ETA: Opening Day
2 1/2 Stars

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