Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Callix Crabbe Report

Callix Crabbe, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
Drafted 349th Overall (12th Rd), 2002 Draft, Manatee Community College
Bats B/Throws R
22 YO, 5'8", 190 lbs

What a great name. This is the kind of name that makes me really hope the player works out and ends up a major league regular just for the novelty of having a player with that name bouncing around the league. Wouldn't you want a Callix Crabbe on your fantasy team? I would.

Crabbe is another slap hitting middle infielder who loves to use his legs. He isn't going to hit it over the fence, but he hits a lot of triples.

2004 High Desert: .291/.367/.419, 26 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, 59 BB, 64 K, 34 SB, 11 CS, 13 GIDP, 540 AB
mL Career: .287/.371/.402, 67 2B, 21 3B, 12 HR, 156 BB, 150 K, 81 SB, 29 CS, 27 GIDP, 1255 AB

You have to love the batting eye here. He has a great walk rate and a reasonable strikeout rate. Even if he doesn't hit home runs, he hits some doubles, so he might be able to avoid the trap where hitters with no power and great batting eyes get a steady diet of strikes just because the pitcher isn't scared of what will happen if he does make contact. Still, I want to see him turn on a pitch or at least hit some more liners in the gaps. A .128 isolated slugging percentage in the California League is pretty weak, even for a second baseman.

Crabbe can obviously steal a base. His defense at second is also pretty good, so he won't be forced to move to the outfield by his glove. He has a pretty interesting mix of tools and skills. He's blocked by Rickie Weeks, but he should be a good trade target or a fallback in case Weeks doesn't work out. At worst, he's Christian Guzman playing 60 feet closer to the first baseman. To me, he looks like a David Eckstein starter kit.

ETA: Late 2006
3 1/2 Stars

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