Sunday, May 15, 2005

John-Ford Griffin Report

John-Ford Griffin, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Drafted 23rd Overall, 2001 Draft, Florida State
Bats L/Throws L
25 YO, 6'2", 215 lbs

Before the season I was ready to throw in the towel on Griffin. In fact, my patience is still growing thin. He's just been underachieving for so long. His batting average drug down his numbers last year behind a pretty high strikeout rate. He's never had the season he was supposed to have when he was drafted. However, he's off to a good start for Toronto, batting .300 with his usual above average walk rate, and some power. But the strikeouts are still pretty high, which makes me wonder whether he's getting a little hit-lucky. Then again, maybe last year he was a little unlucky.

2004 New Hampshire: .248/.330/.454, 28 2B, 22 HR, 56 BB, 128 K, 467 AB
pre-2005 mL Career: .274/.358/.446, 87 2B, 48 HR, 182 BB, 315 K, 1407 AB

He's pretty much a DH, and has been treated as such by Syracuse. He can play left, but he's not particularly good at it. He doesn't have speed on the basepaths, so what he's going to give you is limited to his bat.

I think he's better than he was last year, but not quite as good as he's been thus far this year. That makes him a platoon LF/DH. He might find his way onto a big league bench sometime in the next year or two, but I don't see him developing into a starter at this point.

ETA: Late 2005/Early 2006
3 Stars



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