Cardinals Prospect #27 - Juan Lucena

Lucena struck out only 11 times in 332 at-bats in 2005. Player Profile

Position: SS

DOB: 1/20/1984

Height: 5-10

Weight: 155

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: N/A

Became a Cardinal: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on June 6, 2002.

Quad Cities (Low-A) .301 332 100 2 43 39 9 12 11 .329 .349

Staff Comments

JS (30): "Lucena is going to have to draw more walks, but he doesn't strike out very much (only 11 times in 332 at-bats in 2005). He is young and the Cardinals seem to like him a lot. However, besides his age, making contact seems to be the only thing he really has going for him. He is a line driver hitter that doesn't get on base much and isn't real fast on the bases."

LM (26): "Lucena followed an excellent rookie season in Johnson City last year with a very solid 2005 campaign at Quad Cities.  He went .301/.329/.349 in 332 at bats and struck out only eleven times or once every thirty plus at bats.  A downside is that he walked only twelve times which impacted his on-base percentage and made twenty-one errors.  At 21, he turns 22 in January, he was the second youngest player on the Swing roster behind Brandon Yarbrough.  A middle infielder with little pop, he needs to get on-base more.  However, I look for him to start 2006 in Palm Beach."

RM (21): "The Cardinals seem to have a knack of having quality middle infielders in the minor league pipeline. Lucena an Appalachian League All Star, was the Appalachian League's batting champion with a .332 BA, which also topped all Cardinals minor leaguers in 2004. He struggled early in 05, before being named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for July. He spent some time on the DL this season with Swing of Quad Cities because of a lower back strain. He finished the 05 season with a .298 batting average with two home runs and 43 RBI. He'll hit for average. He had 21 errors last season and he'll need to get a handle on that if he wants to continue to move up in the organization."

BW (29): "Nice with the glove and hits for average (.313 career mark), but not all that much else. Only has 23 walks and 25 extra-base hits in over 500 career at-bats. Good player, but far from great. In a system with a number of other middle infield prospects, Lucena will need to stand out more to rise above his competition. I am not sure he can and will."

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated

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