Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Marland Williams Report

Marland Williams, OF. Arizona Diamondbacks
Drafted 1088th Overall (36th Rd), 2001 Draft, North Florida Community College
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 5'9", 175 lbs

Williams can absolutely fly. He's a Juan Pierre kind of center fielder, catching every fly ball hit within a couple area codes of him. He also has truly impressive skills on the basepaths. The problem is that he's a very mediocre hitter.

2004 El Paso: .257/.315/.390, 21 2B, 10 3B, 8 HR, 40 BB, 116 K, 48 SB, 8 CS, 487 AB
2005 Tennessee: .295/.362/.439, 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 15 BB, 34 K, 17 SB, 0 CS, 132 AB
mL Career: .268/.326/.375, 47 2B, 22 3B, 17 HR, 113 BB, 335 K, 173 SB, 22 CS, 1324 AB

Very little power, below average walk rate, above average strikeout rate, great base-stealing. That percentage is Beltran-like. He should at least end up as a AAA fixture. He could be useful as a 5th outfielder, especially for a team like the Yankees that needs a pinch runner for guys like Giambi, Martinez, and Posada, and also needs a defensive replacement in the outfield. He isn't likely to be a starter on the major league level. Think more Tike Redman than Juan Pierre here. There are a lot of guys like this floating around out there. Every once in a while, one of them (Doug Glanville, Tom Goodwin) gets in a manager's head and ends up starting for a couple years before fading into the obscurity from whence he came. Most of the time they end up like Kerry Robinson, having brief glimpses of playing time sprinkled through a career littered with AAA signposts and cups of coffee here and there.

ETA: 2006
2 Stars

I'm heading to Baltimore tomorrow morning, and will be there through the weekend. Have a nice week, everybody.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Todd Self Report

Todd Self, 1B, Houston Astros
Drafted 457th Overall (15th Rd), 2000 Draft, Louisiana-Monroe
Bats L/Throws R
26 YO, 6'5", 215 lbs

If he was a speedy center fielder or a slick fielding shortstop, he'd be a huge asset, but instead he's a big first baseman and his lack of power kills him. He doesn't have the range to be a decent defensive outfielder, and doesn't have the chops to play third base. So he's limited to first base and DH, so he'll have to deal with being a bench bat or AAA regular.

2004 Round Rock: .315/.420/.460, 34 2B, 11 HR, 89 BB, 95 K, 476 AB
pre-2005 mL Career: .302/.406/.433, 113 2B, 33 HR, 315 BB, 395 K, 1819 AB

Damn, I wish he had a little loft in his swing. If he did, he'd really be a nice second tier first baseman. He hits for average and draws a ton of walks. All that's missing is the threat of the long ball. Self is Ken Harvey with double the walk rate. As a platoon guy or a backup, that's great to have. I don't know if it is going happen though. In the era of 12 man pitching staffs, there just aren't as many bench spots as there should be.

Self got the callup when Jeff Bagwell went on the shelf. He's expected to split time with Mike Lamb at first base until Bagwell gets back. If Bagwell doesn't return, it's conceivable that Self could hit his way into a couple years of semi-regular duty as a poor man's Mark Grace. There are mitigating circumstances everywhere though, as Lance Berkman's knee makes him another option at first base and Lamb is a favorite of management. He has to hit really well to get a real chance. Even then, he shouldn't be on your fantasy baseball radar.

ETA: Now
3 Stars

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