Some excerpts from the 2009 Baseball Prospect Book. Note that in the book, each player comment will be accompanied by full statistics from the last two-three seasons, including college stats when appropriate.
Sawyer Carroll, OF,
Bats: L Throws: R HT: 6-4 WT: 210 DOB: May 9, 1986
The Padres drafted Carroll in the supplemental third round last year, from the
Dexter Carter, RHP,
Bats: R Throws: R HT: 6-6 WT: 195 DOB: February 5, 1987
SLEEPER ALERT!! Dexter Carter pitched horribly for Old Dominion during the spring of 2008, but the White Sox saw potential and selected him in the 13th round anyway. They made some mechanical adjustments, then sent him to the Pioneer League, where he was a completely different pitcher. His command was awful in college, but it was much better at
Allen Craig, 3B,
Bats: R Throws: R HT: 6-2 WT: 190 DOB: July 18, 1984
I like Allen Craig a lot and had him as a big sleeper last year. I’m actually taking a bit of a risk with him, as the statistical case for him is not conclusive. His numbers at Double-A Springfield are solid, but they aren’t exceptional. His OPS was +14 percent, which is good but not terrific, and MLEs don’t like him that much, projecting him as just a .250 hitter right now with only moderate power. Having seen him in person, I think he can get beyond that. Although his walk rate is not great, he controls the strike zone well and doesn’t strike out much, and shows pop to all fields. When I’ve seen him, he’s handled both fastballs and breaking stuff well. He has a decent arm, but his range at third base is unimpressive. The Cardinals have used him in the outfield to enhance his versatility. He is reliable enough out there, but again lack of range is a problem. I’m not sure how they will use Craig, but I still like his bat. Grade C+.
The book this year has comments on 1117 players, the most ever.