Thursday, March 17, 2005

Mike Jacobs Report

Mike Jacobs, C, New York Mets
Drafted 1156th Overall (38th Rd), 1999 Draft, Grossmont (CA) Junior College
Bats L/Throws R
24 YO, 6'2", 200 lbs

Another catcher with shoulder problems, Jacobs can hit when he's healthy and while he's nobody's idea of a good defensive catcher, he won't embarrass himself with the glove. He had labrum surgery in 2004, and missed most of the season.

2003 Birmingham: .324/.376/.548, 36 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR, 28 BB, 87 K, 407 AB
2004 Norfolk: .177/.245/.271, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 BB, 20 K, 96 AB
mL Career: .279/.366/.439, 115 2B, 6 3B, 44 HR, 134 BB, 380 K, 1623 AB

I think he was playing a bit over his head in 2003, when combined with his poor plate discipline, balky shoulder, and mediocre defense before the injury problems brings his grade down quite a bit. Still, he's decent hitter for a catcher, so he could very well have a nice 5 year run as a backup catcher and pinch hitter for somebody. He still has the ability to punish a poorly placed fastball once every couple weeks in backup duty.

ETA: Late 2005/Early 2006
2 Stars

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