Final 2003 Scouting Report: OF, Prentice Redman

OF, Prentice Redman

The Mets drafted Prentice Redman on the 10th round of the June 1999 free agent draft. Redman played high school baseball in Tuscoloosa, Alabama and Bevill State Community College. The Mets like his tools. As he continues to fill out, he presents a solid combination of power, speed, and defense. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Having his best season in 2002, Redman established career high with 35 doubles, 11 HR, and 43 stolen bases. During the past off-season, Redman added 6-7 lbs. to his frame. The first time he's added weight since beginning his professional career. Redman's walk rate is just under 1.2 per 10 AB, strike out rate is 2.4 per 10 AB, and stolen base success rate of 83% (43 SB in 51 attempts.) With the exception of the K-rate, the ratios are excellent. Redman has improved his patience at the plate, and power, but his contact needs improvement.

In 2003, Redman peripheral ratios were similar to his numbers in 2002: 1 BB per 10.8 AB; 1 K per 4.5 AB; XBA of 0.097; SB/SBA of 0.75. Redman still strikes out too much. Redman struggled in limited ABs with the Mets.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2003

Mets

.125

24

3

1

2

3

2

1

9

.192

.292

2003

Norfolk

.254

433

110

11

48

60

24

40

96

.326

.406

2002

Binghamton

.283

491

139

11

65

79

43

59

112

.367

.430

2001

St. Lucie

.261

495

129

9

65

70

29

42

91

.322

.356

2000

Cap City

.260

497

129

3

46

60

26

52

90

.332

.320

1999

Kingsport

.295

200

59

6

29

40

16

24

40

.373

.465


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Batting and Power. He has improved patience and power. He projects to 15-18 HR, but as he fills out more might be possible. His K-rate suggests that he won't hit for much of an average. He has good bat speed.

Base running and Speed. Redman is an aggressive base runner and base stealer, and has a good success rate throughout his minor league career.

Defense. The acrobatic Redman plays outstanding defense in LF. The questions are whether he has enough range to play CF or arm to play RF.

Projection. Redmans projects to become a solid reserve or platoon OF. He might develop into a starting OF as he develops more power. At this time, that appears to be unlikely.

ETA. He had a cup of coffee as a September call up in 2003. As previously suggested, Redman would likely need more than a full season of AAA before he's ready to serve as a reserve.

Outfielders Team
Prentice Redman AAA - Norfolk Tides
Esix Snead AAA - Norfolk Tides
Matthew Watson AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jeff Duncan AA - Binghamton Mets
Ronald Acuna AA - Binghamton Mets
Angel Pagan A - St. Lucie Mets
Bobby Malek A - St. Lucie Mets
Jonathan Slack A - Capital City Bombers
Alhaji Turay A - Capital City Bombers
Derran Watts A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Seth Pietsch A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Corey Coles A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jamar Hill R - Kingsport Mets
Roberto Solano R - Kingsport Mets
Tyler Davidson R - Kingsport Mets
Lastings Milledge R - Kingsport Mets
Jesus Gamera R - Tronconero Mets
Anthony Cerda R - DSL Mets


COMMENTS


Outfield is not a strength of the organization especially in the long season leagues. The Mets have a serious shortage of power hitting OFers. Only, Turay projects to be a 30 HR type. In the short season leagues the Mets have 4-5 hitters that might top 30 HR should thy make it to the MLB level in Pietsch, Hill, Milledge, Davidson, and Solano. The Mets have a number of leadoff hitters types in Chavez, Parker, Slack, Cole, Pagan, Snead, Watts and Lydon. Milledge projects to be a power hitting leadoff hitter.

1. Lastings Milledge has the highest ceiling of any Mets prospect since Darryl Strawberry. Milledge's tools which all the scouting reports emphasized overlooked that he is a polished hitter, fielder and base runner. He's not a toolsie player trying to learn how to convert his astonishing tools into usable baseball skills. He's already well down the road of converting those tools into usable baseball skills. IMO, the Mets potentially have an Andruw Jones type player with better patience at the plate, and better base running and stealing skills.

2. Bob Malek is the only left-handed hitting OF with any power. He likely projects to 18-22 HR power projection. TJ elbow surgery has delayed his development, but his collegiate ratios suggest he'd be a high average hitter. Malek will be rule 5 draft eligible for the first time following the 2004 season.

3. Alhaji Turay's performance was clearly affected by a number of minor injuries in 2003.

4. Prentice Redman still has the look of a nice 4th or 5th OF, but Redman has sufficient power potential that should it develop, he projects to start at LF.

5. Angel Pagan has slid since it doesn't appear that the Mets will begin to develop his power potential soon if at all. He projects to be more of a platton-type player in CF.

6. Jamar Hill is a draft and follow signee from Alaska by way of Santa Ana Junior College in California. He can also play 3B. He has great projectibility and could develop 30 HR plus power. Hill will be rule 5-draft eligible following the 2004 season.

7. Tyler Davidson missed 2002 with a fractured forearm. He has the best power potential of any player in the system including Craig Brazell (1B) and Brandon Wilson (C). Davidson was considered something of a project when the Mets drafted him. So, slow development was anticipated even without the fractured forearm. He'll be rule 5-draft eligible for the first time following the 2004 season. I don't anticipate he'll be on the 40-man roster or that he'll be selected in the rule 5 draft after 2004.

8. Matt Watson, despite his recent success, projects to be a nice pinch hitter and a reserve in the OF. Keep in mind that the noted slugged Jorge Velandia (admittedly with more ABs) has as many HRs and more doubles and triples than Watson. Watson's 14 BB in 159 ABs remains unimpressive for someone who has displayed as limited HR power as he has. Watson possesses limited speed and is a weak defender. Watson has already been passed on as a rule 5 draftee following the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

9. Corey Coles has some power and adds a needed left-handed bat with some pop. He can also pitch.

10. Seth Pietsch has excellent power, but needs to improve his plate discipline and approach to hitting.

11. Miguel Garcia has been brought of from the Dominican Republic, but he hasn't played very much.

12. Wayne Lydon has begun to demonstrate that he is converting his raw tools beyond his speed into useable baseball skills, however, he has a ways to go.

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