Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Jeremy West Report

Jeremy West, 1B, Boston Red Sox
Drafted 204th Overall (7th Rd), 2003 Draft, Arizona State
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'0", 200 lbs

West is a stereotypical mid-round college draft pick. He can hit, but he looks more like a guy whose ceiling is decent everyday player, not star. He played more catcher than anything else in college, and he's not an asset at first base and doesn't have the speed to play an outfield corner. His only real skill is that he can hit for power, average, and draw enough walks to keep from being an OBP liability. One thing we know for sure is that he can hit minor league pitchers, because he's done nothing but hit since he was drafted and he isn't stopping yet, as he currently has a .324/.393/.476 line at Portland.

2004 Sarasota: .293/.347/.488, 28 2B, 18 HR, 37 BB, 83 K, 461 AB
pre-2005 mL Career: .288/.355/.455, 45 2B, 22 HR, 68 BB, 135 K, 725 AB

At the very least he looks like a future AAA all star. If he gets a chance in the show, he'll probably be something like Josh Phelps without the oversized expectations. If he were 2 years younger, I'd be a lot more excited.

On a side note, this Portland team looks pretty good. In the pitching staff, they have Jon Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen, and David Pauley. On the field, they have West, Hanley Ramirez, Dustin Pedroia, David Murphy, and Brandon Moss. That's a lot of prospects. If you happen to be in Maine...

ETA: Late 2006
3 Stars

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