Thursday, April 07, 2005

Wilson Betemit Report

Wilson Betemit, IF, Atlanta Braves
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1996, Dominican Republic
Bats B/Throws R
24 YO, 6'3", 190 lbs

He's not the stud that prospect hawks like me thought he would be back in 2001. He's stagnated and is out of options, meaning he stays on the Braves roster this year.

2004 Richmond: .278/.336/.466, 24 2B, 13 HR, 32 BB, 99 K, 356 AB
mL Career: .279/.338/.426, 149 2B, 26 3B, 56 HR, 230 BB, 586 K, 2511 AB

The power has increased a little bit over the last couple years. And he's become a very capable defensive third baseman, but he's still stuck. He doesn't hit well enough to make himself a real option at third base, and he generally isn't good enough to force his way past Raffy Furcal. For this year, he rides the pine most of the time, barring injury to Chipper Jones or Furcal.

There's a number of ways he can go from here. He could ride down the Enrique Wilson career path and become a mediocre utility infield, never living up to the expectations that were generated by his early rise into the upper minors. Or he could luck his way into a starting gig by way of injury, perform well, and become a league average shortstop. Or he could mark time for several years before one year finding a big power spike in his late 20's/early 30's and become a Tony Batista type.

ETA: Now
2 1/2 Stars

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