Born: Feb. 15, 1984
College: Chabot College
Drafted: Selected by San Francisco Giants in 2nd Round (63rd Overall) of 2003 amateur draft.
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How has he improved since 2003?
He has gained a great deal of power since his 2003 season. His slugging percentage has leapt 127 points from the previous season. His batting average remains similar to his 2003 numbers, considering that the Rookie level is not as challenging as Class A, and his .400 batting average there in just 11 games does not accurately represent his ability.
What are some concerns?
A major concern is patience at the plate. It appears that he has sacrificed some patience along with his sudden increase in power. He has walked only once more so far this season, and has struck out 24 more times than he did in 2003. His ratio of walks to strikeouts has fallen from 0.652 to 0.34, while his ratio of strikeouts per at-bat has risen from 0.136 to 0.217.
He also has not stolen as many bases since leaving the Rookie leagues. He stole four bags there, and not a single one for the Volcanoes, and has only stolen one base so far this season.
Predictions: He will be moved up to Class AA Norwich before the end of the 2004 season. As he is only 20, chances are he will not be rushed to Class AAA Fresno too soon. He may not have a job with the Giants because they currently have both Alfonzo and Feliz and may end up being traded with other minor leaguers for a player that will help the Giants in the short run.
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