Prospect Watch: Bobby Crosby

Crosby doesn't have to fill Miguel Tejada shoes, but Oakland A's will ask this Long Beach State Alum to provide some pop from the SS position. The A's didn't make a run for Miguel Tejada because they think Crosby is ready to take over as the regular shortstop. He's a former No. 1 pick, and at 6'3', 195 lbs he fits the mold of a Shortstop for our generation.

Biography

The A's drafted SS Bobby Crosby in the 1st round of the 2001 amateur draft out of Long Beach State, Continuing their tradition of drafting position players who can help the A's within a four year window. Crosby didn't play much in 2001. In 2002 he started to show signs of his exceptional talent as he belted 9 Hrs in 132 games while splitting time between the Modesto A's and the Midland Rockhounds. Crosby also impressed the A's with his OBP of .361%, his batting average of .297 was also very impressive.

2003: A Look Back

Crosby made his mark in 2003 as he had an excellent season for the Sacramento Rivercats; he belted 22 Hr's, stole 24 bases and had a slugging percentage of 0.544 and very impressive OPS of 939. He also drew 63 walks in 127 games. Such gaudy numbers got him a cup of coffee with the A's in September but most importantly it made him the front-runner to replace Miguel Tejada at Shortstop.

Projection

Crosby will have his troubles with Major league pitching especially in the pitching rich AL West with the exception of the Texas Rangers. Key to Crosby success will be his confidence, A's have to give him the best chance to gain his confidence, he should thrive against the pitching of the Rangers early on in the season. It is up to A's Manager Ken Macha to insure Crosby plays through his ups and down. A's can expect a .270, 12hr 60 Rbi's season from Crosby.

Best Compared To...

Crosby at 6'3" and 195 lbs is a big shortstop. Just by looking at him, the natural tendency will be to compare him to Derek Jeter, since they are exactly the same in stature. Crosby does have above average speed and tremendous gap power, his 32 doubles and 6 triples in 2003 prove that much.

The Last Word..

Crosby has excelled in every position he has ever been put into, there is no reason to believe he won't do the same with the A's. He has too much talent to fizzle out in the Majors, as long as the A's give him a chance to grow into his role there is no doubt he can became a very productive middle infielder for the A's for many years to come.

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