Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Chris Snelling Report

Chris Snelling, OF, Seattle Mariners
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1999, Australia
Bats L/Throws L
23 YO, 5'10", 160 lbs

I used to love Snelling. He was an OBP machine with gap power, some speed, and a good left field glove. The injuries have really damaged his career. He's expected to miss the first month of this season with torn cartilage in his left knee. Last year, he missed a lot of time because of a broken hamate bone in his right wrist and cartilage damage in his left wrist. He's also had an ACL surgery, and various other problems. He's absolutely cursed.

2004 Mariners (AZL): .313/.476/.500, 4 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 7 BB, 3 K, 32 AB
mL Career: .320/.398/.488, 80 2B, 23 3B, 33 HR, 139 BB, 178 K, 1343 AB

He could still salvage a career between injuries. He still has a nice line drive bat and he still knows the strikezone. But the only way I can see it happening is as a DH, which would hurt his value. I really want to see him succeed. The odds are against him. A lesser (some would say smarter) man would have retired already, hoping that he could still walk without a limp by age 30. Best of luck to him. I'll keep an eye on Tacoma's box scores in case he re-appears.

ETA: ??
2 1/2 Stars

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