Prospect Report – Fred Lewis

A second round draft pick in 2002, Lewis showed great success in Class A San Jose this season, with a .301 batting average, a .424 On base percentage, and 33 stolen bases. He also received a call-up to the Grizzlies, hitting .304 with two RBI in six games.

Stats: (Courtesy of Sports-wired.com)

Batting Statistics
Year Team Level Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS
BB SO HBP AVG OBP SLG
2002 S-K A 21 58 239 43 77 9 3 1 23 9 6 26 58 3 .322 .396 .397
2003 HAG A 22 114 420 61 105 17 8 1 27 30 15 68 112 6 .250 .361 .336
2004 SJ A 23 115 439 88 132 20 11 8 57 33 14 84 109 12 .301 .424 .451
2004 FRS AAA 23 6 23 3 7 1 0 1 2 1 1 5 5 0 .304 .429 .478
TOTALS 293 1121 195 321 47 22 11 109 73 36 183 284 21 .286 .395 .397

Strengths:

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.

Year K AB K/AB
2002 58 239 0.243
2003 112 420 0.267
2004 114 462 0.247

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.

Future:

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.


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