Saturday, April 16, 2005

Val Majewski Report

Val Majewski, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Drafted 76th Overall (3rd Rd), 2002 Draft, Rutgers
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'1", 180 lbs

Majewski is a promising prospect who is out for most or all of 2005 after shoulder surgery. Doctors fixed both his rotator cuff and his labrum. When he's healthy, he's a multi-talented offensive performer and a steady glove in right field, or in other words, the player the Orioles thought Keith Reed would be.

2004 Bowie: .307/.359/.490, 24 2B, 5 3B, 15 HR, 33 BB, 68 K, 14 SB, 4 CS, 433 AB
mL Career: .300/.358/.504, 66 2B, 20 3B, 29 HR, 84 BB, 128 K, 33 SB, 9 CS, 946 AB

The walk rate could use some work, but I'm not pessimistic about it because by all reports, he's reasonably selective at the plate, and just particularly good at making contact. His strikeout rate speaks to that. He has a touch of speed and some developing power.

The shoulder problems are something to be worried about. His biggest strength on defense was his strong arm. I also worry about whether his swing will be affected. If he comes back and shows that he wasn't permanently affected, then I'd definitely be optimistic about his chances. His ceiling looks a lot like Magglio Ordonez. That's a really sunny projection though.

ETA: Late 2006
3 1/2 Stars

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