Monday, May 16, 2005

Nate McLouth Report

Nate McLouth, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 749th Overall (25th Rd), 2000 Draft, HS, Whitehall, MI
Bats L/Throws R
23 YO, 5'11", 185 lbs

Here's a really underrated prospect. This is what happens when you take a dirty uniform hustle guy and inject some skills in him. He's a little undersized, but he's got a decent bat, can play all three outfield positions pretty well, is a good baserunner, and generally just knows what the hell he's doing out there.

2004 Altoona: .322/.384/.462, 40 2B, 8 HR, 48 BB, 62 K, 31 SB, 7 CS, 509 AB
pre-2005 mL Career: .291/.368/.433, 107 2B, 35 HR, 187 BB, 232 K, 112 SB, 1699 AB

That's a very well-rounded package of skills. He isn't a knockout in any one area, but he does a little bit of everything. Average, gap power, walks, steals, and he even steals bases at a high percentage. Would I like to see more home runs? Of course, but it wouldn't keep him from being a good player.

This year, he's playing here in Indy and I've already mentioned him already in my game reports. Here's what I said about him.

Nate McLouth batted second for the Indians both nights. I need to do a full report on him since he looks tailor made for a 4th outfielder role. He's a lefty swinging guy with a nice all around game that isn't going to blow you away. He makes contact, draws enough walks, steals some bases, and plays a pretty good outfield. He played left tonight, but he can play some center and has enough arm to pass for a right fielder if needed. With Rich Thompson and Ray Sadler, they should have an outfield with a lot of range this year.

All of that looks pretty good. My opinion hasn't changed. He still looks like he may be a great 4th outfielder. Looking at how hard up the Pirates are for a center fielder, I think he may be a decent answer for that problem. He's a lot better than Tike Redman offensively. His upside would look a lot like what Brady Clark is doing this year. That's his ceiling though. He could just end up being Ricky Ledee.

ETA: Mid/Late 2005
3 1/2 Stars



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