Florida Marlins Prospect Countdown #43

The Marlins drafted JT Restko out of high school in 2003. Find out what All-Star the Marlins front office and many scouts compare him to in the latest edition of the Marlins Insider's Top 50 Countdown.

Florida Marlins Prospect Spotlight Countdown #43

Jason Restko
Vital Stats:
Position: 1B
DOB: December 15th, 1984
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois Height: 6'5 Weight: 185 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Acquired: Drafted in the 10th Round (293rd overall) of the 2003 amateur draft out of Marist High School, Illinois

Overview: The Marlins drafted this 3B prospect after his All-State performance at Chicago-area's Marist High School. Like most high school prospects, JT Restko is extremely raw, but has the natural frame and athletic ability to become a very interesting prospect

Batting: Restko has power potential written all over him. Many scouts that have seen him compare him to a young Richie Sexson type. Right now, he stands at 6'5 but will probably grow a few more inches before he is done. His frame at this point is very slight at 185 but will undoubtedly gain weight as his body matures with age. With Restko's size and power potential out of high school, most would figure that he would've been drafted considerably higher than where he was. Scouts answer this by pointing out that while Restko does generate a tremendous amount of power he has severe mechanical problems in his swing. He has a slight bar arm in his swing and tries to hook the barrel at the finish. The strangest thing about this deficiency is that it usually saps the player of his power because the swing does not incorporate the body thus it overly relies only on the arms. Plus, the arms are unnaturally tight and not flowing through the stroke. Restko must learn to better use leverage in his swing thus freeing up his body for a more natural, flowing, and powerful movement. If he doesn't change he will become handcuffed by hard inside fastballs and will not be able to handle quality breaking pitches as he progresses through the system.

Base running and Speed: Restko is a long and at this point, relatively gangly, 19 year old. Thus, he is an extremely slow runner and will never project to be any different.

Defense: Restko played 3B in high school but does not have the footwork or the throwing arm to play that position at any higher level. He will be groomed as either a 1B or a corner OF

Projection: JT made a very solid impression in his first pro action with the Gulf Coast Marlins. He did not seem to be overwhelmed by the higher quality of pitching and continued to show the power potential scouts seemed to agree upon. Restko could end up becoming a very competent hitting prospect the way things are right now. But if he can work on his swing mechanics he could turn himself into something very special

Estimated Time of Arrival: Restko will start his 2003 season with the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn league with a possible promotion to low-A Greensboro if he has a strong performance. Because of his need for a mechanical overhaul at the plate he is no closer than 4 years away, best case scenario, from a chance with the big club















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