Top 100 College Prospects: #96, Jim Fasano

Jim Fasano is a big, strong left-handed hitting first baseman currently playing for the University of Richmond Spiders. He's a decent first baseman defensively that has shown flashes of big time power potential. For this reason, Jim Fasano ranks #96 among our Top 100 college draft prospects.

Jim Fasano grew up a Phillies fan in the Philadelphia area and lettered in both baseball and golf in high school, earning first team All-Inquirer baseball honors as a junior and senior. He batted .416 with six home runs his senior year after batting .463 with seven home runs his junior year. Fasano showed the same power right from the start of his college career, belting a home run against James Madison University in his very first game for the Spiders. He started in 39 of the teams' 53 games his freshman year at Richmond.

2003, his sophomore year at Richmond, Jim Fasano exploded on to the national scene by hitting .344 with 16 home runs...earning the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year honors. Fasano had 21 multi-hit games and 20 multi-RBI games, playing in all 62 games for the Spiders last season. He knocked in eight game-winning runs for Richmond last season, seven of them on extra-base hits. Fasano led the Spiders in doubles, home runs, RBI, and total bases and is the clear cut leader of the team. His leadership skills on the field and in the clubhouse, along with his power potential, make him one of the better players in this year's upcoming draft. Fasano has a great feel for the game with unlimited power potential.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

R

BB

SO

SB

2002

Richmond

.260

151

39

10

0

3

22

17

8

29

0

2003

Richmond

.344

218

75

16

0

16

68

40

32

42

0



Batting and Power. Fasano has a very good batting eye and is a big kid with great power potential. He is a good hitter with power to all fields. He projects to hit 30+ home runs at the pro level.

Base Running and Speed. Fasano is a smart base runner. He has good speed for his size, but is not a threat to steal bases.

Defense. Good glove, below average arm, average feet. His future remains as a first baseman.

Projection. He needs to work on his foot speed and defense. He will remain at the first base and could be a real sleeper in the draft just on his pure power. Think Jim Thome possibly for a good MLB comparison.

First Basemen

School

Jeff Larish

Arizona State

Josh Fields

Oklahoma State

Wes Whisler

UCLA

Joey Metropoulos

Southern California

Adam Lind

South Alabama

C.J. Smith

Florida

Chris Carter

Stanford

Kyle Larsen

Washington

Billy Becher

New Mexico State

Jim Fasano

Richmond

Cesar Nicholas

Vanderbilt



COMMENTS


There are outstanding first base prospect in college baseball heading into this year's draft. Jeff Larish and Josh Fields appear to be the cream of the crop, while Billy Becher of New Mexico State looks to prove his 2003 season was no fluke. If you are looking for "sleepers" among this group, Chris Carter and Jim Fasano could wind up being the better first base prospects out of this class.

1. Jeff Larish - The top hitting prospect in all of college baseball. A Player of the Year candidate, Larish hits to all fields with power and enters 2004 a career .356 hitter. Has 39 career multi-hit games. More astounding is his 29 multi-RBI games. One to watch.

2. Josh Fields - QB of the Cowboys' football team, Fields has been used primarily as a 3B as of late but has played 1B in his career. Limited defensive skills should move him back to 1B as a pro. Has hit .383 and .358 his first two seasons. Hits for power and has good speed.

3. Wes Whisler - Both a pitcher and a first baseman, Whisler's future is as a hitter. Led UCLA with 70 hits in 2003, a "down" year for him after hitting 17 home runs as a freshman. Sports a .401 on-base percentage in his career entering the 2004 season.

4. Joey Metropoulos - One of the several good hitting prospects playing first base in college. Hits for power, average, and knows how to get on base. Enters 2004 with 24 career home runs and has not hit below .321 in any year.

5. Adam Lind - Only a sophomore this season for South Alabama, Lind was named to Baseball America's second team honors for Freshman All-American. Batted .349 with 8 HRs. Has slight build but room to grow.

6. C.J. Smith - This Florida Gator has big time power, knocking 17 home runs in 2003 which ranked second in the SEC. Smith hits to all fields and has a good batting eye. Not known for his defense, Smith committed 7 errors at 1B last season.

7. Chris Carter - A junior for the Stanford Cardinal, Carter possesses big time power, clubbing 17 HRs in just 208 career at-bats entering 2004. Missed two months of 2003 with a shoulder injury. Has good batting eye and great work ethic.

8. Kyle Larsen - This junior hit .342 as a freshman for the Huskies and has good power. Has a career on-base percentage above .400 and entered his junior year with a career .998 fielding percentage. He's got the goods.

9. Billy Becher - Had unbelievable junior year for New Mexico State in 2003. Led entire nation in HRs (32) and RBI (118). Posted an incredible 1382 OPS . He'll need to prove his numbers have nothing to do with the thin air of New Mexico State.

10. Cesar Nicolas - Good hitter, great defensively, and excellent leadership. Has tremendous power and is still developing.

11. Jim Fasano - Big, strong kid. Has excellent power. Hit .344 with 16 HRs in 2002 . A-10 Player of the Year in 2003.

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