Thursday, April 14, 2005

Angel Molina Report

Angel Molina, OF, Florida Marlins
Drafted 823rd Overall (27th Rd), 1999 Draft, HS, Ponce, P.R.
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'2", 226 lbs

No relation to the catching Molina brothers, this Molina is a hitter without a real defensive position. He's a big, slow, converted catcher and his best role would probably be DH. On the plus side, he's starting to hit for some power and his walk rate is improving.

2004 Greensboro: .284/.330/.465, 27 2B, 18 HR, 55 BB, 110 K, 10 HBP, 469 AB
mL Career: .264/.344/.434, 55 2B, 34 HR, 107 BB, 265 K, 995 AB

He's turning into a real hitter, but some caveats are in order. He's been playing a year behind his age group. He also has the positional thing going against him. As an outfielder, he's not likely to ever be a good outfielder. Finally, while his offensive numbers are getting into the range where he can be considered a decent prospect, as a corner outfielder or first baseman, he still has a ways to go before he becomes a really good one. He's starting the year in Jupiter, which keeps him behind his age group. He's off to a slow start, drawing walks, but doing little else. However, that doesn't really matter. I won't start listing this season's offensive numbers until the sample size rises above 100 at bats. Molina's probably going to wash into the high minors and stick around there for a good 5-10 years. One in every 10 players like this breaks throuh and becomes Josh Willingham or Craig Wilson. The other 9 become the guys you've never heard of when you go to a AAA game.

ETA: 2007?
2 stars



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