Final 2004 Scouting Report: OF, Derran Watts

The New York Mets selected outfielder Derran Watts with their 12th round draft choice in the 2001 draft out of the University of British Columbia. Growing up a big time Blue Jays' fan, Watts emulated the likes of Paul Molitor, Roberto Alomar, and John Olerud as a kid. Watts is one of many speedy outfield prospects in the Mets' farm system. <b>(Free Preview of Premium Content)</b>

Vital Statistics:
Name: Derran Watts
Position: Right Field
DOB: June 28, 1980
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Derran Watts was the victim of the numbers game in 2004 after playing most of the year in 2003 with low-A Capital City. Watts began the year with the Bombers and managed to get into 27 games there this season before being sent down to Brooklyn. Watts, a natural right fielder, was fighting with Jamar Hill for playing time in the Bombers' lineup and could not play his way into the outfield rotation of Jack Lind's Bombers.

After being sent down to Brooklyn, Watts was once again outplayed by another player...this time it was Ambiorix Concepcion outplaying him. Watts played well in 2004, hitting a career high .267 for the Cyclones but has had a hard time retaining the bulk of playing time in whichever outfield he's playing for at the time. That could be a telling sign!

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

Brooklyn

.267

187

50

2

13

32

17

21

47

.344

.369

2004

Capital City

.228

92

21

1

8

12

5

11

29

.330

.370

2003

Capital City

.243

395

96

4

45

64

30

44

136

.336

.344

2003

Brooklyn

.100

20

2

0

0

4

4

3

7

.217

.100

2002

Brooklyn

.154

26

4

0

0

2

0

2

14

.267

.192

2002

Kingsport

.257

179

46

2

20

33

18

30

50

.378

.408

2001

Kingsport

.245

53

13

0

3

10

64

9

21

.365

.245


* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. After his fourth minor league season, Watts has accumulated a .244 career minor league average...a very good sign of his batting eye. Not very selective at the plate, Watts is a toolsy lead-off type hitter but can not draw enough walks to remain atop the lineup. He's got decent power, but nothing great. Watts' is very athletic and wiry, not very strong. He's really a man without a true identity in the lineup.

Base Running and Speed. This is Watts' forte, stealing bases. Blessed with tremendous speed, Watts is also a very smart base runner. If he could stay in the lineup, Watts has the speed to steal over 50 bases each year.

Defense. Derran Watts is an excellent defensive player. With soft hands and a cannon for an arm, Watts has the ability to play all three outfield positions. Defense and speed: that's his game.

Projection. At this point, Watts is an old man playing short-season baseball. He'll turn 25 years old next summer and should be facing AA pitchers at this point in his career, not platooning in short-season A-ball. IF Watts has a Major League future, it's as a 5th outfielder...a defensive replacement and/or pinch-runner.

ETA. N/A. At this point in time, Watts is more of a non-factor in the Mets' long term outfield plans than he is a factor. As mentioned above, he could figure in the Mets' plans as a defensive replacement, but New York has a ton of outfield prospects like Watts that are better suited for that role. It'll be interesting to see where Watts plays his 2005 baseball.

Outfielders

2004 Team

Victor Diaz

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Prentice Redman

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Jeff Duncan

AA - Binghamton Mets

Angel Pagan AA - Binghamton Mets
Wayne Lydon AA - Binghamton Mets
Ron Acuna AA - Binghamton Mets
Bobby Malek AA - Binghamton Mets
Alhaji Turay A - St. Lucie Mets
Jonathan Slack A - St. Lucie Mets
Joseph Jiannetti A - St. Lucie Mets
Lastings Milledge A - Capital City Bombers
Jamar Hill A - Capital City Bombers
Ryan Harvey A - Capital City Bombers
Rashad Parker A - Capital City Bombers
Caleb Stewart A - Capital City Bombers
Ambiorix Concepcion A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Corey Coles A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Dante Brinkley A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Derran Watts A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Seith Pietsch R - Kingsport Mets
Carlos Gomez R - Kingsport Mets
Joshua Wyrick R - Kingsport Mets
Jesus Gamero R - Kingsport Mets
Horace Lawrence R - Kingsport Mets
Cory Wells R - Gulf Coast Mets
Brahiam Maldonado R - Gulf Coast Mets
Parris Austin R - Gulf Coast Mets
Miguel Garcia R - Gulf Coast Mets


Comments

Two years ago, the Mets were really devoid of any real threat in the outfield among their prospects. They currently have a handful of legitimate outfield prospects, players that could become full-time starters at the Major League level. While Victor Diaz and Prentice Redman are the closest to the Major Leagues, Lastings Milledge, Jamar Hill, and Ambiorix Concepcion give the Mets a very athletic look in the future. The Mets could have a very, very good outfield down the road. (Note: In premium articles, we break down each outfield prospect. Be sure to read our comments on each outfielder in future scouting reports on the outfield prospects).

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