Thursday, June 02, 2005

Jason Botts Report

Jason Botts, OF/1B, Texas Rangers
Drafted 1375th Overall (46th Rd), 1999 Draft, Glendale (CA) Junior College
Bats B/Throws R
24 YO, 6'6", 250 lbs

If you were making an All Big Guy prospect team, Botts would almost certainly be the left fielder. That would make an interesting prospect team. Put Brad Eldred at 1B and Walter Young at DH. You can get Mike Morse to play SS. You could pretty easily load up a pitching staff with skyscrapers. Anyways, Botts is a massive guy. He's more athletic than you'd expect a 250 pound man to be, but it still only gets him up to a point where he isn't going embarrass himself in the field. He's probably better suited defensively to be a first baseman, but the Rangers have a ton of guys who are qualified to fill that role, not that they don't have a crowd on the outfield corners and DH spot. His range is limited in left. His arm is decent, but not notable. He also has decent hands and instincts.

2004 Frisco: .293/.399/.507, 25 2B, 24 HR, 77 BB, 126 K, 481 AB
pre-2005 mL Career: .290/.399/.455, 109 2B, 61 HR, 301 BB, 450 K, 1926 AB
2005 Oklahoma: .302/.396/.557, 15 2B, 10 HR, 26 BB, 60 K, 192 AB

He's seen a pretty big jump in his strikeout rate, up into Pat Burrell territory. I'm not usually one to hold that against a guy though, and it certainly doesn't seem to be hurting Burrell these days. It might hold down his average in the long term though. However, he has a long track record of showing good plate discipline and acceptable batting average. And he started making souvenirs of fastballs last year and hasn't slowed down with his promotion this season. He can clearly hit a little bit. And he will always be a credible threat to hit 3 run home runs whether he's in the PCL or with a Major League team. I don't see stardom, and I wouldn't really recommend him for your fantasy team, but if I'm a GM, I'd rather give him some at bats than Raul Mondesi's withered husk or Randy Winn.

ETA: Late 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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