Final 2003 Scouting Report: 2B, Blake Whealy

The Mets drafted second baseman Blake Whealy out of Evansville University with their 13 th round selection in the 2002 draft. Blake Whealy began his collegiate career at Texas A & M then transferred to Evansville in time for the 2001 season. As a junior, Whealy led Evansville in home runs with 13 and stolen bases with 18. Patrick Whealy, Blake's father, played in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system.

Despite finishing very poorly in 2002, Whealy had a solid debut season at Brooklyn. Whealy exhibited good power with 14 doubles and 3 triples to go along with 10 home runs. Whealy showed good base stealing skills successfully stealing 9 bases in 11 attempts.

Blake Whealy showed his power for real again in 2003, hitting 13 doubles in 12 home runs in just 241 at-bats. Despite being sent back to Brooklyn, Whealy led the Bombers in home runs but could not duplicate the power at the lower level. He played 119 of his games in 2003 at second base but can still play a few different positions. The jury is still out on Whealy and he will need to show marked improvement with his batting eye in 2004 (he struck out 148 times in 126 games between Capital City and Brooklyn) if he's going to make his way up the farm system ladder. He's shown the power at the plate and speed on the base paths (16 total stolen bases in 2003). Now he needs to show more patience at the plate. If he can do that, he has a chance to be a good power prospect at second base for the Mets.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2003

Capital City

.257

241

62

12

41

47

9

34

85

.352

.485

2003

Brooklyn

.247

182

45

2

26

24

7

20

63

.329

.363

2002

Brooklyn

.289

204

59

10

34

32

9

21

58

.361

.534


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Batting and Power. Whealy has good power for a middle infielder, but he needs to make better contact to succeed at higher levels.

Base Running and Speed. He has good speed and is a good base stealer.

Defense. He has solid range and a good arm. He will be a solid defensive second baseman.

Projection: Too early to tell. He can play SS and 2B, so being a utility player is also possible. Whealy has the tools to be a very good player IF he can improve his patience at the plate.

ETA: N/A.

Middle Infielders Team
Danny Garcia AAA - Norfolk Tides
Chris Basak AA - Binghamton Mets
Victor Diaz AA - Binghamton Mets
Brian Shipp AA - Binghamton Mets
Joseph Jiannetti A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake Whealy A - Capital City Bombers
Corey Ragsdale A - Capital City Bombers
David Reaver A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Marcos Cabral R - Kingsport Mets
Todd Dulaney R - Kingsport Mets
Edgar Bruzal R - Tronconero Mets
Wilson Medina R - DSL Mets


COMMENTS


With Jose Reyes now with the big club, the shortstop prospects are very weak. Basak at best projects to utility player. Ragsdale continues to struggle and Ks at a frightening rate. Marcos Cabral struggled in his debut, but still bears watching. The Mets have a couple of SS prospects in Wilson and Bruzual in their Latin league teams.

1. Chris Basak has potential be a solid utility infielder as an above average defender at both SS and 2B with good bat handling skills and base running skills. Basak was eligible but not taken in the Dec. 2002 rule 5 draft. The Mets will be hard pressed to add him to their 40-man roster, so they are likely to leave him at Binghamton. Some chance he might be taken in the rule 5-draft after 2003 – the second time he's been eligible.

2. Corey Ragsdale has great tools, but he has not demonstrated an ability to convert them to usable baseball skills. He won't be rule 5-draft eligible until after 2004.

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