Stats: (Courtesy of Sports-wired.com)
Prospect Report – Fred Lewis
He fits in well at the top of the order. He walked 89 times in total in the 2004 season, quite an impressive number. If he played a full season, he would likely receive 100 walks in a season, which is no small number. His OBP was a solid .424 in Class A and .429 in six games of Class AAA.
His speed is also a definite strength, with 34 stolen bases in the 2004 season total. He also swiped 30 bags in 2003, while only 9 in half a season his rookie year of 2002. He gets caught more some but 34 stolen bases in 48 attempts is nothing to complain about.
His main concern lies in his strikeout numbers, which were about one K in every four at-bats last season. That is something he needs to cut down on if he wants to make it further in his career.
However, he did cut down on his strikeouts slightly from 2003 to 2004 and he was playing in tougher leagues in 2004.
He has a future, but the question is when, not if. He should start next season at the AAA level and should get a spring training invite. Except him to get a Septmber call-up in 2005.