Sunday, April 17, 2005

Lance Neikro Report

Lance Neikro, OF/3B, San Francisco Giants
Drafted 61st Overall (2nd Rd), 2000 Draft, Florida Southern
Bats R/Throws R
26 YO, 6'3", 215 lbs

It's federal law that if you're doing a Lance Neikro report, you have to mention that he's Joe's son and Phil's nephew. So with that out of the way, here we go. Neikro is up with the big club, riding the bench for the most part. He had a big breakthrough last year, but I have some doubts.

2004 San Jose: .311/.328/.508, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 K, 61 AB
2004 Fresno: .298/.337/.566, 21 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 14 BB, 32 K, 242 AB
mL Career: .310/.339/.459, 88 2B, 12 3B, 29 HR, 57 BB, 147 K, 1340 AB

That's a big power spike, but it was also coming from nowhere (he slugged .383 in Fresno in 2003) and it was in 2 leagues that can produce some fluky results. Add to that the fact that his plate discipline still isn't good and you have a situation that requires more evidence before you get a solid buy recommendation. For now, keep an eye out for him. The Giants outfield is old and fragile, as witnessed by Bonds and Alou already being M.I.A. If Michael Tucker or J.T. Snow goes down, Neikro may find his way into the everyday lineup on at least a temporary basis. If that happens, well, he probably won't hit enough to find his way into a regular gig, but ya never know.

Defensively, he's a capable corner outfielder and a merely competent third baseman. As such, his most likely role might be as a pinch hitter who backs up both corner outfielders and corner infielders, platooning with any lefty bats that have bad platoon splits.

ETA: Now
2 Stars

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