Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Ryan Doumit Report

Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 59th Overall (2nd Rd), 1999 Draft, HS, Moses Lake, WA
Bats B/Throws R
24 YO, 6'0", 200 lbs

You may remember him from my recent game notes column. He's a catcher with a good bat. A friend of mine mentioned the name Victor Martinez when we were talking about Doumit. That's kind of a valid comparison. Like Martinez, he's a good hitter and an average defensive catcher. He's no stiff with the glove, but the difference between him and the elite defensive catchers I've seen (Kevin Cash comes to mind) was pretty clear. His footwork isn't as clean and his actions aren't as fast. He did have a good arm though, and he's a decent athlete. The radar readout on the scoreboard was picking up his throws to second base, and he was consistently in the mid 80's, usually right at 84 MPH. He blocked balls in the dirt fairly well when I saw him. He's not a liability behind the plate, but he's not an asset there either.

On offense, his swing from the left side looked a lot smoother than from the right side. He also swung at some bad pitches as a right handed hitter, which I didn't see him do from the left side. This is another way of saying that I think he'll have a fairly wide platoon split.

He's off to a hot start, but he's not nearly as good a hitter as Martinez, but chances are he's better than your average catcher on offense. His patience at the plate is average. He has some pop in his bat, and he makes enough contact to make one think that he can hit for a pretty good average.

2004 Altoona: .262/.343/.489, 20 2B, 10 HR, 21 BB, 49 K, 221 AB
pre-2005 mL Career: .287/.360/.434, 100 2B, 32 HR, 135 BB, 248 K, 1437 AB

Doumit's biggest question mark is his health. He's missed a massive amount of time with back, elbow, and knee problems. He has to stay healthy in order to get a real chance to be a starter in the majors. He's about to get squeezed in the organization, with Dave Ross, Benito Santiago, and Humberto Cota above him and Ronny Paulino and Neil Walker below him. If he's healthy, he's probably the best player of the lot. That's a big qualifier though.

ETA: Late 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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