Scouting Jays Prospect #35- Chip Cannon

There's no denying the power of Chip Cannon, but the organization has been working with him on his plate discipline the past three years. Cannon has made some strides on this aspect of his game, but still needs to improve a little more.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Chip Cannon
Position: First Base
DOB: November 30, 1981
Height: 6'4
Weight: 215
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

A left-handed-hitting first baseman, Cannon isn't expected to make the jump to the majors just yet. He spent all of this year with Double-A New Hampshire once again, and lost a little of the momentum his value had during last fall when he set home run records in the Arizona Fall League.

Cannon is a disciplined player after spending four years at The Citadel. Unlike other minor league players, who spent three or four years at a top collegiate baseball program, Cannon did not have that advantage.

"It's a different place than a normal college," said Cannon. "You have to wear a uniform. When it's all said and done, you go to class then you go play baseball."

Cannon could have gone into a military career, and be commissioned as an officer, but decided to pursue his baseball goals with Toronto.

Although he possesses the most power in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, Cannon has some holes in his games. Several talent evaluators noted his inability to be disciplined in the strike-zone, and struggling to hit the breaking pitches off left-handed pitchers.

"He needs to show a better understanding of the strike-zone, and prove he can hit left-handed pitching before he can be considered as a serious prospect" one talent evaluator noted to InsideTheDome.

Cannon batted .241 this season in 109 games, and despite hitting seventeen home runs, Cannon struck out 155 times.

Batting and Power: There is absolutely no denying the power potential of Cannon, and the slugging first baseman does posses the most power in the Blue Jays system. However, the trouble with Cannon is that he strikes out a lot, and that ratio needs to be lowered, before he could be considered a legit prospect in baseball.

Base Running and Speed: As high as Cannon ranks in the organization with his power, he ranks just as low with his speed. Cannon is no threat to steal at all on the base paths, although hardly anyone cares about his speed when they view his power.

Defense: Cannon is not a great defensive first baseman, and should be considered mostly as a designated hitter. His footwork needs work over at first base, and his limited mobility does not help his case.

2008 Outlook: Cannon will likely begin the 2008 season with Triple-A Syracuse and must show the organization he can continue to take pitches, also show he's improving his plate discipline and making consistent contact.

ETA: 2008 : The road to the big leagues is blocked right now for Cannon. The Jays do not have any room at first base or at the designated hitter position and as a result he's expected to stay in the minor leagues for the entire 2008 season.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n Vital Statistics:
\r\n Name: Chip Cannon
\r\n Position: First Base
\r\n DOB: November 30, 1981
\r\n Height: 6'4
\r\n Weight: 215
\r\n Bats: Left
\r\n Throws: Right

\r\n \r\n \r\nA left-handed-hitting first baseman, Cannon isn't expected to make the jump to the majors just yet. He spent all of this year with Double-A New Hampshire once again, and lost a little of the momentum his value had during last fall when he set home run records in the Arizona Fall League.

\r\nCannon is a disciplined player after spending four years at The Citadel. Unlike other minor league players, who spent three or four years at a top collegiate baseball program, Cannon did not have that advantage.

\r\n \r\n\"It's a different place than a normal college,\" said Cannon. \"You have to wear a uniform. When it's all said and done, you go to class then you go play baseball.\"

\r\n \r\nCannon could have gone into a military career, and be commissioned as an officer, but decided to pursue his baseball goals with Toronto.

\r\n \r\nAlthough he possesses the most power in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, Cannon has some holes in his games. Several talent evaluators noted his inability to be disciplined in the strike-zone, and struggling to hit the breaking pitches off left-handed pitchers.

\r\n \r\n\"He needs to show a better understanding of the strike-zone, and prove he can hit left-handed pitching before he can be considered as a serious prospect\" one talent evaluator noted to InsideTheDome.

\r\n\r\nCannon batted .241 this season in 109 games, and despite hitting seventeen home runs, Cannon struck out 155 times. \r\n

\r\n \r\n Batting and Power: There is absolutely no denying the power potential of Cannon, and the slugging first baseman does posses the most power in the Blue Jays system. However, the trouble with Cannon is that he strikes out a lot, and that ratio needs to be lowered, before he could be considered a legit prospect in baseball.

\r\n \r\n Base Running and Speed: As high as Cannon ranks in the organization with his power, he ranks just as low with his speed. Cannon is no threat to steal at all on the base paths, although hardly anyone cares about his speed when they view his power.

\r\n \r\n Defense: Cannon is not a great defensive first baseman, and should be considered mostly as a designated hitter. His footwork needs work over at first base, and his limited mobility does not help his case.

\r\n \r\n2008 Outlook: Cannon will likely begin the 2008 season with Triple-A Syracuse and must show the organization he can continue to take pitches, also show he's improving his plate discipline and making consistent contact.\r\n

\r\nETA: 2008 : The road to the big leagues is blocked right now for Cannon. 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