Prospect Report: Brian Dallimore

There has been whispering and grumbling amongst everyone keeping a close eye on the Giants and the Giants' farm system. Where is Brian Dallimore? This long travelled minor league player has put up impressive numbers in Triple-A Fresno, as well as during his short stints in the majors with the Giants this season, but has not been talked about as even being close to getting the call up.

There are very few, if any, players who have suffered as many ups and downs as Brian Dallimore has. After becoming a star at Stanford University, he was drafted by the Houston Astros and his imposing numbers suddenly faltered. He started hitting .260 in his first two season in Single-A ball, and by the time he made it to Double-A, he was already twenty-five.

The future was looking gloomy for Dallimore, who was then traded to Arizona in 2000, but in 2001, he finally broke out in Double-A, hitting .327, which earned him a selection to the Double-A All-Star squad. However, his great performance in 2001 and 2002 weren't enough, as by this time, Dallimore was already 28. Arizona released him, and in 2003, Dallimore joined the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants' Triple-A affiliate.

Most players are given a chance to grow in the majors, but Dallimore was patient, and grew in the minors. At age 29, he became more patient at the plate, decreasing his strikeouts and increasing his walks. He also became a smarter player, not just swinging for the fences, but he also started dumping hits all over the field, which gave him a .352 average at the end of 2003 that won him the Triple-A batting title.

This still wasn't enough to give the journeyman a spot on the roster, and in the Spring of 2004, he was given another chance to impress while Edgardo Alfonzo was sidelined due to an injury, and impressed he did. Dallimore hit .279 with a jack and ten RBIs in twenty-one games. Again, it wasn't enough to give Dallimore a roster spot in San Francisco.

Many Giant fans won't forget what this long travelled "kid" has done when he was with the ballclub. Recall a devastating 9-2 Marlins' lead with Dontrelle Willis, who had an ERA of less than 1 coming into the game, on the mound. Recall Neifi Perez getting on board with a walk, Yorvit Torrealba getting a double, and Dustan Mohr getting hit by a pitch. Recall Jeffrey Hammonds singling in a run.

Now, do you remember who was at the plate at this point? You probably wouldn't recognize him, a player who was just called up, you probably thought. Wearing number fourteen and not having a big impression at all in the batter's box or on-deck circle. Who is this guy? Is our rally officially over? The first pitch he saw in that at-bat, he sent into the bleachers, and the entire stadium exploded. His name is Brian Dallimore, and we're keeping him here for a long time.

Dallimore went on to go 3-3 that night, helping boost the Giants to a 12-9 win. However, Dallimore stayed with the club for only a brief moment after that, and was eventually sent back down to the minors. Dallimore was called back up for a very short stint, where he had one opportunity to bat, and got a single, but was sent back down the day after.

Quick Stats:
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
DOB: 11/15/1973
Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV
Position: Third Base

YEAR
TEAM
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
CS
BB
SO
HBP
SH
SF
GDP
SLG
OBP
OPS
1996
Auburn (Hou-A)
.266
74
290
50
77
17
3
5
30
7
 
18
38
 
 
 
 
.397
 
 
1997
Kissimmee (Hou-A)
.000
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
0
2
 
 
 
 
.000
 
 
1997
Quad City (Hou-A)
.260
130
492
80
128
23
3
6
48
24
 
38
76
 
 
 
 
.356
 
 
1998
Kissimmee (Hou-A)
.254
62
240
34
61
11
1
0
19
7
 
19
42
 
 
 
 
.308
 
 
1999
Kissimmee (Hou-A)
.270
19
74
12
20
2
0
0
3
2
 
4
10
 
 
 
 
.297
 
 
1999
Jackson (Hou-AA)
.267
70
251
38
67
16
1
5
19
13
 
16
44
 
 
 
 
.386
 
 
2000
El Paso (Ari-AA)
.278
107
356
50
99
16
1
4
53
17
 
25
55
 
 
 
 
.362
 
 
2000
Round Rock (Hou-AA)
.182
5
11
1
2
1
0
1
3
0
 
1
3
 
 
 
 
.545
 
 
2001
El Paso (Ari-AA)
.327
127
517
74
169
38
6
8
67
11
 
30
56
 
 
 
 
.470
 
 
2002
Tuscon Sidewinders (Ari-AAA)
.294
122
419
62
123
26
2
6
50
13
4
28
72
9
7
6
10
.408
.346
754
2003
Fresno Grizzlies (SF-AAA)
.352
91
330
53
116
16
2
4
46
6
4
37
37
10
8
5
6
.448
.427
875

Offense: Good
Dallimore has established himself as a patient hitter, and learned that during his long stay in the minors. He has also developed a good eye for recognizing pitches, and isn't afraid to swing at balls over the strike zone. Dallimore does have power, but is more of a base hit guy, who knows how to dump balls into holes for singles and doubles.

Defense/Speed: Average
While Dallimore isn't a horrible defender, his age has definitely taken a toll on him. His speed has decreased, although he is still capable of a steal here and there. Dallimore is able to play many positions, including the corner infield positions and second base, He has also had experience at the corner outfield positions, and at shortstop. However, his main position is at third and second base.



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