Born: January 5, 1984
Place: San Diego, Calif.
How Acquired: Mariners second round draft choice (69th overall) in the 2002 Amateur Draft.
Josh Womack joined the Mariners organization in 2002 after being the team's second-round draft selection in June. A season in the Arizona Rookie League saw Womack hit .269 with 16 extra-base hits in 43 games just weeks after graduating high school.
Womack's second professional season brought sizable progress to his game as evidenced by improved walk ratios, power numbers, and an obvious boost in confidence while at Everett of the Northwest League. Womack hit .297 for the Aqua Sox in 2003 with three homers in 41 games played. The San Diego native showed defensive prowess as well, playing all three outfield spots and showcasing the solid instincts and good athleticism that make him a top-flight prospect.
At his age, 19 through the 2003 season, Womack has already displayed the maturity of a player much older. This quality could sit as the main reason he gets through the lower levels of the minor leagues on his journey to SAFECO. Blessed with better than average tool all the way around, Womack shouldn't find many problems adjusting to advanced pitching in the next few seasons.
Womack swings a lefty bat with a line-drive stroke that could bloom into gap power and possible 15+ homerun power. His plate skills need a little work with strikeout ratios but his rates aren't anything alarming at this point, and he should progress nicely with the bat.
Womack has the skills to play any of the three outfield positions, with good range and a solid throwing arm. Ultimately Womack projects as a leftfielder as he progresses through the system but his versatility proves valuable for any team at any level.
Womack's speed is between the better-than-average and well-above-average ranges on the rating scale and as long as he retains his speed as he develops physically, it will keep Womack on the field in some capacity.
To read more about Womack, click Josh Womack Q & A for a story that appeared on InsidethePark.com in June.
Jason resides in North Tacoma, Wash., where his father is his best friend, his mother has a better fastball than he does, and his nephew is the only person better suited for stardom. Jason continues his hatred of the ignorant fan, the slider speed bat, and anything to do with the New York Yankees. Questions and comments are welcome at DiamondGenius@hotmail.com.
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