2003 Final Scouting Report: OF, Bobby Malek

The Mets used their 4th round selection in the 2002 draft to take Bob Malek despite knowing that the two-time All American had torn a ligament in his right elbow. Malek became the first Michigan State Spartan position player to be tabbed an All-American since Kirk Gibson.

Bobby Malek earned freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger. Malek, who hails from Detroit, earned player of the year honors from the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. At MSU, Malek hit 82 extra-base hits in 625 at bats. Malek had ligament replacement (TJ) surgery that reduced his ability to drive the ball until late in 2003.

In 2002, Bob Malek unsuccessfully attempted to play through the pain of torn ligaments in his elbow, but only after struggling through 28 games. In his struggles, Malek demonstrated very little power or plate discipline. He did successfully steal 4 bases in 4 attempts.

Despite not showing much power or a high BA at Capital City this past season, the Mets promoted Malek to St. Lucie where he thrived (.280, 2, 36). Malek didn't begin to drive the ball until very late in July. Then, he predictably slumped the last 2 weeks of August (which is not unusually for a player in their first year in long season baseball). Overall, Malek's XBA improved as the season progressed: 1 BB per 7.8 AB; 1 K per 6.0 AB; XBA of .080; and stolen base success rate of 73.7 (28 SB/38 SBA). Overall, his XBA was at best acceptable and not the kind of numbers you would expect for a high BA hitter although his speed and ability to make contact suggests that he could hit for average. Despite struggling in August with a.231 average, Malek's XBA was an excellent 0.110 which coincides with the timeline when he began to drive the ball. If he cans sustain it over a season, that's the kind of XBA.300 BA plus hitters often possess.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2003

St. Lucie

.280

286

80

2

36

45

17

30

50

.354

.378

2003

Capital City

.262

149

39

1

26

20

11

26

22

.369

.356

2002

Brooklyn

.207

111

23

0

10

7

4

3

20

.235

.252



*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Batting and Power. Malek possesses excellent extra-base power. Hopefully, he'll remain healthy in 2004 and demonstrate the XBA that he had in college. A high XBA when combined with Malek's ability to make contact and speed projects him to be a high BA hitter. The improved patience demonstrated in 2003 projects him to have a real high OBP. It's unlikely he'll hit for the HR that the Mets hoped for when they drafted him. But, Malek should be a solid all-around hitter.

Base Running and Speed. Malek has excellent speed and is a good, aggressive base runner.

Defense. Malek has good defensive instincts and should develop into an excellent corner outfielder. If arm surgery is successful, and Malek regains arm strength then he'll play right field. He played mostly CF until his final season at Michigan State.

Projection. Starting corner outfielder.

ETA. Sometime during 2005.

Outfielders Team
Prentice Redman AAA - Norfolk Tides
Esix Snead AAA - Norfolk Tides
Matthew Watson AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jeff Duncan AA - Binghamton Mets
Ronald Acuna AA - Binghamton Mets
Angel Pagan A - St. Lucie Mets
Bobby Malek A - St. Lucie Mets
Jonathan Slack A - Capital City Bombers
Alhaji Turay A - Capital City Bombers
Derran Watts A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Seth Pietsch A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Corey Coles A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jamar Hill R - Kingsport Mets
Roberto Solano R - Kingsport Mets
Tyler Davidson R - Kingsport Mets
Lastings Milledge R - Kingsport Mets
Jesus Gamera R - Tronconero Mets
Anthony Cerda R - DSL Mets


COMMENTS


Outfield is not a strength of the organization especially in the long season leagues. The Mets have a serious shortage of power hitting OFers. Only, Turay projects to be a 30 HR type. In the short season leagues the Mets have 4-5 hitters that might top 30 HR should thy make it to the MLB level in Pietsch, Hill, Milledge, Davidson, and Solano. The Mets have a number of leadoff hitters types in Chavez, Parker, Slack, Cole, Pagan, Snead, Watts and Lydon. Milledge projects to be a power hitting leadoff hitter.

1. Lastings Milledge has the highest ceiling of any Mets prospect since Darryl Strawberry. Milledge's tools which all the scouting reports emphasized overlooked that he is a polished hitter, fielder and base runner. He's not a toolsie player trying to learn how to convert his astonishing tools into usable baseball skills. He's already well down the road of converting those tools into usable baseball skills. IMO, the Mets potentially have an Andruw Jones type player with better patience at the plate, and better base running and stealing skills.

2. Bob Malek is the only left-handed hitting OF with any power. He likely projects to 18-22 HR power projection. TJ elbow surgery has delayed his development, but his collegiate ratios suggest he'd be a high average hitter. Malek will be rule 5 draft eligible for the first time following the 2004 season.

3. Alhaji Turay's performance was clearly affected by a number of minor injuries in 2003.

4. Prentice Redman still has the look of a nice 4th or 5th OF, but Redman has sufficient power potential that should it develop, he projects to start at LF.

5. Angel Pagan has slid since it doesn't appear that the Mets will begin to develop his power potential soon if at all. He projects to be more of a platton-type player in CF.

6. Jamar Hill is a draft and follow signee from Alaska by way of Santa Ana Junior College in California. He can also play 3B. He has great projectibility and could develop 30 HR plus power. Hill will be rule 5-draft eligible following the 2004 season.

7. Tyler Davidson missed 2002 with a fractured forearm. He has the best power potential of any player in the system including Craig Brazell (1B) and Brandon Wilson (C). Davidson was considered something of a project when the Mets drafted him. So, slow development was anticipated even without the fractured forearm. He'll be rule 5-draft eligible for the first time following the 2004 season. I don't anticipate he'll be on the 40-man roster or that he'll be selected in the rule 5 draft after 2004.

8. Matt Watson, despite his recent success, projects to be a nice pinch hitter and a reserve in the OF. Keep in mind that the noted slugged Jorge Velandia (admittedly with more ABs) has as many HRs and more doubles and triples than Watson. Watson's 14 BB in 159 ABs remains unimpressive for someone who has displayed as limited HR power as he has. Watson possesses limited speed and is a weak defender. Watson has already been passed on as a rule 5 draftee following the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

9. Corey Coles has some power and adds a needed left-handed bat with some pop. He can also pitch.

10. Seth Pietsch has excellent power, but needs to improve his plate discipline and approach to hitting.

11. Miguel Garcia has been brought of from the Dominican Republic, but he hasn't played very much.

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