Final 2003 Scouting Report: C, Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs was the Mets 38th selection in the June 1999 draft. He attended Grossmount Junior College. Jacobs is a hard-nosed player who is considered something of a gamer by the Mets organization. Jacobs, a left-handed hitter, more than held his own in the 2001 Arizona Fall League (AFL) with a .273, 3 HR, 8 RBI in 44 at bats. Given the limited at-bats, Jacobs showed power and an ability to drive the baseball to the opposite field.

His AFL OPS of 0.847 is also in line with his numbers at Gulfport in 1999 and Kingsport in 2000.

After struggling in 2002 with a 3-headed platoon behind the plate with Brett Kay and John Wilson, Michael Jacobs followed a strong finish with a break out season in 2003. Jacobs was named the Mets minor league hitter of the year for 2003. Jacobs peripheral ratios were mixed: 1 BB per 14.5 AB; 1 K per 4.7 AB; and XBA of 0.133. Jacobs was unsuccessful in 3 attempts. While his BB-rate improved over the 1 BB per 18.8, his BB-rate remains borderline acceptable. His K-rate is in line with his historical rates above short-season leagues of just under 1 per 5 AB. The XBA highlighted by 36 doubles is his career best.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2003

Binghamton

.329

407

134

17

81

56

0

28

87

.376

.548

2002

St. Lucie

.238

399

95

10

53

50

2

23

82

.283

.366

2001

Cap City

.278

180

50

2

26

18

0

13

46

.328

.383

2001

Brooklyn

.288

66

19

1

15

12

1

6

11

.364

.409

2000

Cap City

.214

56

12

0

8

1

1

6

19

.290

.304

2000

Kingsport

.270

204

55

7

40

28

6

33

62

.371

.485

1999

Gulfport

.333

147

49

4

30

18

2

14

30

.391

.476


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Batting and Power. Jacobs projects to be a solid .260-.280 hitter with at least 20 HR (and probably more) if he played on a regular basis.

Base Running and Speed. Jacobs is slow, but runs the bases with some aggressiveness.

Defense. Jacobs has a strong arm, however, he's likely to be adequate at best defensively.

Projection. Utility player or platoon catcher. He's a long shot at becoming a starter.

ETA. Late 2004.

Catchers Team
John Wilson AAA - Norfolk Tides
Michael Jacobs AA - Binghamton Mets
Justin Huber AA - Binghamton Mets
Brett Kay A - St. Lucie Mets
Jim Anderson A - Capital City Bombers
Brandon Wilson A - Capital City Bombers


COMMENTS


Catching represents an organizational strength. With Jason Phillips now with the Mets and Justin Huber the likely catcher of the future, Jacobs, Wilson, and Kay are likely candidates for reserve positions. The Mets will move other prospects aside whenever they fell Huber is ready to be promoted.

1. Justin Huber, the Mets top catching prospect had been plagued by a variety of ailments in 2003. Nonetheless, he has had a very productive season. Basically only needs to improve his throwing and gain experience against higher levels of competition. Huber will be rule-5 draft eligible after 2003.

2. Brandon Wilson, probably has the best ceiling of the other catchers, has been slow to develop due to a degenerative shoulder condition that has arrested by medication. He's very athletic and has great power potential. With the shoulder ailment slowing development, Wilson remains very raw. Wilson passed through the rule 5 draft after 2002 and will do so again if protected on the Norfolk roster.

3. Mike Jacobs, that rare commodity a power hitting left-handed hitting catcher, has improved his defensive ability enough for him to remain behind the plate. He should be a good backup catcher. Jacobs passed through the rule 5 draft after 2002. He won't in 2003 if he isn't placed on the 40-man roster.

4. John Wilson's development has been plagued by shoulder ailments as well. His power has yet to return, but he has seen a resurgence in his performance in 2003. He was part of a failed 3-headed catcher experiment at St. Lucie in 2002. He was rule-5 draft eligible after 2002.

5. Brett Kay resurged some in 2003, but no longer looks like more than a back up catcher. He is rule-5 draft eligible after 2003.

6. James Anderson is an excellent catch and throw catcher with a good mix of speed and power potential. He had a very solid season in 2003. He potentially could develop into a starting MLB catcher. He won't be rule-5 draft eligible until after 2004.

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