Friday, April 22, 2005

Tagg Bozied Report

Tagg Bozied, 1B, San Diego Padres
Drafted 90th Overall (3rd Rd), 2001 Draft, University of San Francisco
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

Bozied joined the Martin Gramatica Hall of Fame when he tore his patelar tendon celebrating a game winning grand slam for Portland, bringing about 2 tragedies, the first was that it happened in the first place, the second is the fact that I don't have video to link.

Bozied is a big, slow, lefty slugger with marginal plate discipline, but a good bat nonetheless. He's not a good defensive first baseman. He's not particularly good on the basepaths. He's just another bat. He has yet to make his 2005 season debut, and there's still no reported timetable on his return.

2004 Portland: .315/.374/.629, 17 2B, 16 HR, 18 BB, 29 K, 213 AB
pre-2005 mL Career: .275/.338/.486, 29 2B, 54 HR, 107 BB, 212 K, 1179 AB

It's too bad he got hurt when he did since he was on a roll when he went down. He has some platoon issues, so he may end up being a designated righty-masher. I'd like to see him draw more walks, but he's no hacker, so if he keeps producing, I can't complain too loudly.

With his defense, his platoon splits, his power ceiling, and the likelihood that he'll be making his ML debut in his mid to late 20's, Erubiel Durazo is the comp that immediately comes to mind. That's probably a good idea of what his upside would be like. His downside would be a hobbled DH bouncing from AAA city to AAA city with a yearly NRI.

ETA: 2005?
3 Stars

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