Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Mike Restovich Report

Mike Restovich, OF, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 2nd Rd, 1997 Draft, Rochester, MN
Bats R/Throws R
26 YO, 6'4", 250 lbs

Restovich's prospect status is coming to an end. After years of teasing us with power potential and flashes of three true outcome stardom, he's become a poor man's Joe Borchard and he's probably out of options. He's now old for a prospect and he's spent the last 3 seasons trying to plug the holes in his long swing.

2004 Rochester: .249/.291/.453, 20 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 24 BB, 103 K, 422 AB
2004 Minnesota: .255/.364/.447, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 10 K, 47 AB
mL Career: .285/.364/.492, 201 2B, 34 3B, 128 HR, 371 BB, 766 K, 71 SB, 20 CS, 3150 AB
MLB Career: .274/.364/.442, 6 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 BB, 26 K, 1 SB, 0 CS, 113 AB

Restovich still has the ability to send a hanging curve or a fat fastball into orbit, but his swing is still long and he still strikes out too much to really make him a real asset as a corner outfielder. For some reason in 2004, his walk rate, which was acceptable, completely collapsed, taking him out of the Russ Branyan class of "well, at least he still draws a walk here and there."

The speed that used to be prevalent in his game has disappeared for the most part as well. I could possibly see a future as a platoon leftymasher on somebody's bench, but otherwise, Restovich looks like a buzzkill of a AAA regular. The Twins minor league system has produced a lot of success stories over the last half decade. Restovich is probably the most disheartening failure to date though. He's still a favorite local kid inside of the organization though. And he's back in Fort Myers trying to win a future with his hometown team. With as many good corner outfielders and designated hitters as the Twinkies have, it's going to be an uphill battle. If he does happen to make it as a bench player or as a platoon partner with Jacque Jones (who badly needs a platoon partner,) expect him to give at least a handful of SportsCenter highlights as he takes some lefty junk and breaks a vacant chair high in the Metrodome's upper decks.

ETA: 2005
2 1/2 Stars

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