Scouting Report: OF Angel Pagan

Pagan Is A Solid All-Around Outfielder

The New York Mets drafted outfielder Angel Pagan with their 4th round pick in the 1999 draft out of high school in Puerto Rico. Since that time, Pagan has developed into one of the more solid and versatile outfield prospects in the Mets' farm system. Here's a scouting report on Angel Pagan.

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Vital Statistics:
Name: Angel Pagan
Position: Center Field
DOB: July 2, 1981
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
Bats: Both
Throws: Right

Almost since the moment he was selected in the fourth round of the June 1999 Free Agent Draft, some have believed Angel Pagan projected as a fourth outfielder at the Major League level – steadily ascending the Mets' system, to be sure, but seemingly destined to serve as a role player at Shea Stadium.

The 24-year-old Pagan's progress reached the top of the chain in 2005, as he saw regular duty patrolling center field for Triple-A Norfolk. A capable, speedy performer who developed into a switch-hitter after signing with New York, Pagan finished the year batting .271 with eight home runs, 40 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 129 games.

One year after bringing home the organization's Sterling Award as the top player at Double-A Binghamton, the season seemed to run hot and cold for Pagan, who attended the Mets' Major League spring training as a 40-man roster member.

He opened the year quietly, hitting just .239 in April, but came alive with 33 hits in 103 May at-bats, a .320 clip. But a cold June followed, and though Pagan's good speed helped keep his on-base percentage healthy, he needed a strong August and September to rise to his final averages.

Capable of playing all three outfield positions, Pagan likely could have been ready for a promotion to Shea Stadium last year, but it wasn't necessary. The Mets have been fortunate to compile a strong outfield over the last few seasons, and even after Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran collided in an ugly August mishap, an internal solution was already available in Victor Diaz, who projects to hit for greater power than Pagan.

It wasn't always that way for Pagan, who once was touted as having great raw power and a possible first-round pick as a player at Interriver Community College in Fort Pierce, Fla.

But the Mets envisioned Pagan as a potential leadoff man, and upon reporting to Rookie-league Kingsport in 2000 after signing as a draft-and-follow player, immediately began honing his small-ball skills and encouraging Pagan to switch-hit to use his speed from the left side – a metamorphosis that continues to this day.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2005

Norfolk

.271

516

140

8

40

69

27

49

111

.333

.395

2004

Norfolk

.289

45

13

0

1

13

4

4

8

.347

.489

2004

Binghamton

.287

449

129

4

63

71

29

42

96

.346

.405

2003

St. Lucie

.249

441

110

1

33

64

35

35

80

.307

.313

2002

St. Lucie

.343

67

23

1

7

12

10

7

9

.405

.448

2002

Capital City

.279

458

128

1

36

79

52

32

87

.325

.338

2001

Capital City

.298

57

17

0

5

4

3

6

5

.365

.351

2001

Brooklyn

.315

238

75

0

15

46

30

22

30

.401

.374

2000

Kingsport

.361

72

26

0

8

13

6

6

8

.410

.458



Batting and Power. Angel Pagan has come a long way in his development. Early in his development, many believed he could develop into a power hitter, but the Mets decided to develop his small-ball game instead and utilize his speed more. A switch-hitter, Pagan is a natural right-handed hitter that has worked hard in improving his approach while batting from the left side so he could best use his speed. In 2005, even though he hit better from the right side still, he managed to develop his gap power from the left side. He hit all ten of his triples with the Norfolk Tides while batting left-handed. Pagan is a very balanced hitter who is an extremely good bunter. Despite profiling as more of a leadoff hitter because of his speed, Pagan has always been a much better hitter with men on base and even better with runners in scoring position. So despite his speed, Pagan looks to be better suited farther down in the lineup.

Base Running and Speed. Pagan is a game changer on the base paths, both in positive and negative ways. He's not the greatest base stealer around, boasting just a 71% stolen base success rate in his career. But while he'll get caught stealing a little too often for the Mets' liking, Pagan wreaks havoc on opposing pitchers. He's naturally fast and opposing pitchers pay him too much attention when's on base, taking focus away from the batter at the plate. When he is on base, he's quick enough to make the necessary running plays. He is just a little too erratic and inconsistent at times on the base paths to be an elite base runner.

Defense. While he may be erratic on the base paths, Pagan is a standout defensively in the outfield. He takes very good routes on balls hit in his vicinity and despite playing a shallow outfield, gets to everything hit over his head. Pagan boasts a strong arm as well, strong enough to play right field in emergency situations. Defensively, he's a lot like former Met Timo Perez.

Projection. Seemingly ever since he was drafted in the 4th round of the 2000 MLB Draft out of Puerto Rico, Pagan has always projected to be a solid fourth outfielder for the large market New York Mets. Six seasons later, his projection remains the same. With his ability to play very good defense in all three outfield spots, his above average speed, his switch-hitting ability and marked improvements batting from the left side, along with his innate ability to better in the clutch, Pagan projects to be a solid fourth outfielder for the Mets. Think Timo Perez for a good Major League comparison.

ETA. 2006. Pagan has little to prove at the minor league level. However, with the additions of Xavier Nady, Tike Redman and Endy Chavez, along with the development of Victor Diaz, Pagan might find it hard securing a roster spot with the Mets out of Spring Training in 2006. If he doesn't break Spring Training with the Mets, he'll be back in Norfolk where he'll most likely be one of the first call-ups to Shea when the need for an outfielder arises. But even with the recent additions, Pagan remains a darkhorse candidate as a reserve outfielder.

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