Capital City Bombers' Position Prospect Review

Milledge's Extra-Base Hit % Was Great

NYfansonly.com looks at the peripheral stats of the Capital City hitters, most of which had greats seasons in 2004. We will look at the batters who collected at least 200 at-bats with Cap City and did not accrue more than 200 at-bats at a higher level.

Wilson Batista - SS

A free agent signing out of the Dominican Republic, Batista was sent to Capital City for the 2004 season after just 19 games in Kingsport and 3 games with Brooklyn in 2003. Batista had more than his fair share of problems manning the shortstop position for the Bombers and it looks as if he'll have to be moved to second base. Blessed with superb speed and great patience at the plate, he could be a difference maker in the lineup. The problem? He was a little old for the South Atlantic League in 2004 and will be turning 24 in February. If he can be challenged at higher levels in 2005 and duplicate the same success at the plate that he had for the Bombers this past season AND look comfortable playing second base, he could become a decent prospect for the Mets. He'll start off in St. Lucie in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.165

.231

.165

.076

0.0

97

A

Capital City

.259

.359

.341

.130

22.9

320



Ian Bladergroen - 1B

Can you imagine the type of numbers he would have posted had he not had his 2004 season cut short with a wrist injury? The "Blade" does it all defensively and at the plate. His 42.4% of hits that went for extra-base hits were off the charts and is the epitome of a run producer. He has an incredible presence at the plate and a great idea of the strike zone. He's the Mets' 1B prospect with the highest ceiling. Bladergroen was a draft-and-follow signing in 2003 after being selected by the Mets in the 44th round of the 2002 draft and will be the starting 1B for St. Lucie to begin the 2005 season. Should he have early success, there's a good chance he'll follow the same path as Brett Harper this past season and be sent to AA-Binghamton to finish of the 2005 campaign.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.342

.397

.595

.085

42.4

269



Shawn Bowman - 3B

Drafted in the 12th round of the 2002 draft out of high school in Canada, Bowman is one of the best defensive third base prospects in all of baseball...if not the best already! Bowman, who doesn't turn 20 until December, is also a legit power prospect as well. Growing up in Canada Bowman lost some valuable development time and he's just now catching up. His peripheral numbers were very good. He showed patience at the plate and increasing power numbers. He'll start off the 2005 season in St. Lucie as one of the youngest positional players in the Florida State League and has the chance to become one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.258

.338

.449

.090

36.3

396



Tyler Davidson - 1B

Drafted in the 8th round of the 2002 draft out of the University of Washington, Davidson's development thus far has gone slower than some people (including himself) would have liked. Still, Davidson is an imposing figure (6'4", 240 lbs) in the batter's box. Pitchers are aware of his awesome power and continually pitch him away. Once he makes that adjustment, Davidson has the chance to become a good prospect at first base for the Mets. He's extremely patient and powerful. What's not to like?

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.233

.315

.383

.096

39.6

206

A

Brooklyn

.295

.367

.455

.083

33.3

244



Yunir Garcia - C

Garcia played for the Universidad de Carobobo, the Mets' Venezuelan Summer League team, for three seasons before making his US debut with the Mets at Kingsport in 2002. An "organizational" guy, the Mets feel Garcia has a great future with the Mets and his breakout offensive season for the Bombers in 2004 is proof he has the talent. An extremely patient hitter at the plate, Garcia led the Bombers in walks per plate appearance in 2004. He also displayed some good power, hitting 10 home runs in a little over 200 at-bats. Still only 22, Garcia should be the starting catcher for St. Lucie in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.270

.386

.446

.146

31.7

222



Ryan Harvey - LF

Drafted in the 19th round of the 2003 draft out of the University of California-Riverside, Harvey was a South Atlantic All-Star for the Bombers in 2004 after hitting .325...good for fourth in the SAL. Harvey showed excellent gap power but its hard to tell if Harvey, who turns 25 in December, will be a late bloomer like Jason Bay and develop more power at an older age. He's still a scrappy player. Harvey has ability and could be one of the Mets' prospects that might skip a level. Chances are he's in St. Lucie next season but there's an outside shot he'll be in AA-Binghamton in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.325

.395

.494

.076

34.1

425



Jamar Hill - RF

Drafted in the 48th round of the 2001 draft, Hill hails from Alaska and skipped a level by jumping from Kingsport to Capital City in 2004. He leaped on to the prospect scene this past season with a 20-20 season for the Bombers. He has as much talent as anybody in the Mets' farm system. And while his raw talent can not be overlooked, Hill's a student of the game and sometimes gets caught thinking too much at the plate. He'll certainly be in St. Lucie in 2005 despite the impressive numbers he posted at Capital City this past season.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.272

.334

.492

.073

38.4

459



Jesus Linares - INF

Like Yunir Garcia, Linares was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela and followed Garcia's same career path thus far. And like Garcia, Linares put together a fine offensive season for the Bombers in 2004, posting career highs in home runs and every other offensive category except stolen bases. Linares played everywhere on the field for Capital City and proved to be a very valuable utility player. He's extremely patient at the plate and has decent pop despite his small frame. Linares will most likely follow Garcia to St. Lucie in 2005 to fill the same role.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.286

.388

.424

.129

27.6

203



Lastings Milledge - CF

Drafted in the 1st round of the 2003 draft out of Lakewood Ranch High School, Milledge's 2004 numbers have propelled him into the "elite prospect" status already at just 19 years old. Milledge is an extremely fast player that has shown awesome power at the leadoff spot. His peripherals are off the charts for such a young player. It will be interesting to see if he can become more selective and get his walk rate up (and his strikeout rate down) as he continues to develop. He wants to bat leadoff and the Mets will want to utilize his speed, but his power may force him to hit further down in the lineup. He'll be in St. Lucie to start the 2005 season and easily the frontrunner to represent the Mets (if he's not traded) in the Arizona Fall League next year.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.235

.319

.432

.101

52.6

81

A

Capital City

.337

.399

.579

.061

40.9

261



Rashad Parker - OF

Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2002 draft out of UCLA, Parker's proven to be a gritty fourth or fifth outfielder in his short career in the Mets' system thus far. His peripherals are okay, but there's nothing too much to get excited about. He is what he is, a defensive replacement and backup outfielder.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

St. Lucie

.294

.368

.382

.081

30.0

34

A

Capital City

.225

.293

.308

.059

27.8

240



Blake Whealy - 2B

Drafted in the 13th round of the 2002 draft out of the University of Evansville, Whealy had one of the best turnarounds for any prospect in recent memory. He went from dud to stud with a flick of a switch after a horrendous start to the 2004 year with the Bombers. After being below the Mendoza line for nearly the first 40 games of the season, Whealy went on a streak that lasted the rest of the season and finally put together the type of year most scouts expected from him. His extra-base hit percentage (50%) and walk rate (.136) were absolutely awesome and he has the most power of any of the Mets middle infield prospects. That said, Whealy, who turns 25 next May, was quite old for the league and should have had the type of year he did. We'll hold off excitement until he can prove he can do this at the AA level. He's got a shot at skipping St. Lucie and going right to Binghamton in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.281

.387

.541

.136

50.0

427



Andrew Wilson - UT

An undrafted free-agent signing in 2003 out of Stetson University, Wilson's value to the Bombers was proven priceless in 2004. Wilson, who played every position except shortstop and pitcher for Capital City, was also one of the Bombers' most consistent hitters at the plate. Wilson, who turns 24 in November, had a phenomenal walk rate and extra-base hit percentage. Like Whealy, he's going to have to prove he can have the same success at higher levels. If he can prove that, he'll be just another good utility prospect (like Chase Lambin) for the Mets. He's got some good potential and should be the super-utility man for St. Lucie in 2005 with a possible call-up to Binghamton should he have success in the Florida State League.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.287

.362

.530

.101

48.6

366


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