Prospect Profile: Alexi Ogando

Alexi Ogando is all about potential. The lanky rightfielder could potentially be one of the A's top outfield prospects as soon as next year, but for now, he remains a bundle of yet-to-be-fulfilled promise.

Alexi Ogando, Career Statistics

Year

Team

Lg

Age

AVG

OBP

SLG

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

BB

K

XBH

2003

AZ A's

ROOK

19

.342

.379

.532

190

65

13

1

7

7

42

21

2004

VAN

NWST

20

.150

.320

.300

20

3

0

0

1

4

9

1

2004

AZ A's

ROOK

20

.267

.340

.450

180

48

13

1

6

14

57

20



The 21 year-old product of the A's Dominican program caught the eye of many baseball scouts in 2003 when he put together a monster campaign for the Arizona A's of the Summer Rookie League. Ogando flashed surprising power for a man of his slight build, slugging .532 in 48 games played. Twenty-one of his 65 hits went for extra-bases and he batted a solid .342 on the short season. Ogando also impressed on defense, where his speed and strong throwing arm made him one of the top defensive rightfielders in the Arizona Rookie League.

Many outside of the A's organization ranked Ogando higher than fellow A's Rookie League teammate Javier Herrera going into the 2004 season. Both outfielders were similar in their skill sets: good speed, good power and plus defensive skills. The A's started both Ogando and Herrera in Vancouver in 2004, as part of the A's short-season A club in the Northwest League. However, while Herrera dominated that level of competition, Ogando struggled to get playing time. He appeared in only seven games for Vancouver, hitting .150 with one homerun and six runs batted in.

The A's eventually sent Ogando back to the Arizona Rookie League to give him a chance to play every day. While he was unable to duplicate his 2003 success in Arizona, the rightfielder showed flashes of the promise that made him such an intriguing prospect coming into 2004. Ogando again showed power to all fields, hitting 20 extra-base hits, including a few tape-measure homeruns. However, he struggled to make consistent contact, as was demonstrated by his drop in batting average from .342 in 2003 to .267 in 2004. He walked more frequently in 2004 (14 to 7), but also struck out more (57 to 42).

Ogando has above-average plate discipline for a player of his age, but his swing is a bit long, which leads to a high number of strike outs. His power is already highly developed, so if the young rightfielder can cut down on his strike outs, he should put together a monster season next year. He hits well to all fields and uses his speed to avoid hitting into double-plays. Ogando has excellent defensive skills in that he covers a lot of ground in rightfield and has one of the best outfield arms in the A's minor league system.

Alexi has a long and lanky build, but he should fill out in the shoulders and chest as he gets older. He has above-average speed and could be viewed as a future base-stealer with more experience. However, it is Ogando's power stroke which excites scouts who have seen him play. Although he is far from being a major league ready prospect, some feel his power stroke is already major league average. If his power continues to develop, he could be one of the premier power-hitting outfield prospects in baseball by 2008.


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