Final 2004 Scouting Report: 2B, Bryan Zech

The New York Mets selected Bryan Zech in the 24th round of the 2004 draft out of Florida State University. Zech, who was a four-year starter for the Seminoles, was their team leader despite the presence of first-round pick Stephen Drew right across the way at shortstop. <b>(Free Preview of Premium Content)</b>

Vital Statistics:
Name: Bryan Zech
Position: Second Base
DOB: May 27, 1981
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Bryan Zech batted lead off for Florida State this past season and even filled in at shortstop when FSU lost offensive juggernaut Stephen Drew for a month in 2004. "I like the role," said Zech. "I like being able to get up there and set the tone for the game and get things going for everyone else coming up behind me." Zech was both a leader on the field and in the clubhouse for the Seminoles, earning team MVP honors. "Bryan Zech has, without a doubt, been the most valuable player for us this season," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "He's a guy that our younger players looked to, both on the field and in the clubhouse". Over the course of his four-year career, Bryan made 230 starts, the majority at second base, and hit .300 (258-858) with 209 runs scored, 49 doubles, 14 home runs and 134 RBI.

Zech began his professional career with the Brooklyn Cyclones batting .143 (9-63) with 5 RBI's before being sent to the Kingsport Mets where he finished his first professional season. His transformation from college leader to second base prospect in the professional ranks was slow going in '04. But Zech has the track history of being a hard worker and his debut this past season could merely be the circumstance of growing pains.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

Brooklyn

.143

63

9

0

5

6

0

8

16

.236

.159

2004

Kingsport

.233

90

21

2

10

16

3

3

27

.281

.367


* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. Zech is a much better hitter than his numbers indicate from his first season of pro ball. Forget the three walks he had in Kingsport. Zech has a very good batting eye and is really selective at the plate, as his .400+ career on-base percentage at Florida State indicates. He has some pop in his bat but will have to show he can hit for power with wooden bats. In the early going, Zech has the look of a hitter that could hit .280 with 10-15 home runs at the Major League level.

Base Running and Speed. Not your prototypical middle infielder, Zech is not gifted with great speed. He is however somewhat quick and is a smart base runner, able to swipe a base when needed. He could consistently steal 10-12 bases each year.

Defense. Zech is a very good defender with decent range and soft hands. He's a tireless worker that will always be looking to improve defensively. He's good enough to remain a solid second base prospect.

Projection. It's tough to project a player after just 153 career minor league at-bats. One thing is certain: he's better than his 2004 numbers. Zech will be a solid second base prospect for the Mets and has a good chance of rising through the ranks as he makes the adjustment to the pro game.

ETA. N/A. It all depends on how quickly he can learn to hit with wooden bats. If he can make the adjustment, he has the work ethic, track history, and leadership skills to advance quickly through the farm system.

Second Basemen

2004 Team

Danny Garcia

AAA - Norfolk Tides

David Bacani

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Chris Basak AA - Binghamton Mets
Chase Lambin AA - Binghamton Mets
Robert McIntyre A - St. Lucie Mets
Wilson Batista A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake Whealy A - Capital City Bombers
Matt Fisher A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Kevin Rios A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Marcos Cabral R - Kingsport Mets
Bryan Zech R - Kingsport Mets
Todd Dulaney R - GCL Mets
Armand Gaerlan R - GCL Mets


Comments

The Mets are loaded with possible Major League utility men at second base for them in the minors. Garcia, Bacani, and Basak all have the look of utility players and possible situational hitters down the road. Chase Lambin is the one second base prospect that could wind up being a starting second baseman at the Major League level, but it's more likely he'll be #1 on the utility prospect depth chart. There's a decent chance that the Mets might move a shortstop prospect or two over to second base. Here's a quick breakdown the Mets' first base prospects:

1) Danny Garcia - Garcia has been the victim of the New York-Norfolk shuffle, enough so that it has been tough to find consistent at-bats. He's consistent enough at the plate, with good gap power, and solid in the field. Garcia's a legit Major League prospect, but most likely as a utility player and pinch-hitter. Think Joe McEwing with more pop.

2) David Bacani - Nicknamed "Pound for Pound" by his teammates, Bacani gets the most out of his size. At just 5'7", Bacani is a good hitter with some decent power and was among the Eastern League leaders in hitting this past season. He's probably too small to be an everyday starting 2B at the Major League level, but don't tell him that. Bacani can be a very good backup player in the Majors.

3) Chris Basak - Basak is another prospect that has the look of a very useful utility player at the Major League level. He can play 2B, SS, and 3B. He's a decent hitter with adequate power and good speed on the base paths.

4) Chase Lambin - Talk about your logjams. Lambin is another very good utility prospect in the Mets' system but has perhaps the best chance (among Basak, Bacani, and Garcia) to be a Major League starting second baseman. He got some time in at first base and third base at the Instructs this fall. He's a leader in the clubhouse and on the field and is easily one of the hardest workers among all Mets' prospects.

5) Robert McIntyre - Time is running out for McIntyre as a 2B prospect. So much so, he was tested as a possible pitcher in the Instructional Leagues this fall. He's a non-factor as a legit prospect at the plate after hitting .208 for the St. Lucie Mets this past season.

6) Wilson Batista - Batista logged more games in at SS but a permanent switch to 2B is not far off. Blessed with great speed, Batista has a good batting eye and has shown flashes of being able to be a consistent hitter atop the lineup. He only needs some more seasoning before being able to make that leap into the next category of good prospects.

7) Blake Whealy - Perhaps the best Major League 2B prospect in the Mets' farm system, Whealy has shown excellent power for a middle infielder and that should aid his cause as he rises through the ranks. He turned around his season after a disastrous start and got a lot of scouts to sit up and take notice with his strong finish to the 2004 season. Whether or not he makes it to Shea, chances are he'd be a great piece in a future trade at minimum on the strength of his bat. His defense needs work.

8) Matthew Fisher - Fisher is a decent power hitter for a guy his size (5'9"). Solid in the field, Fisher has the look of a late round draft pick (33rd round in '04) that could defy the odds and make some noise in the prospect ranks. He reminds some scouts of Marcus Giles for his stature and approach at the plate.

9) Kevin Rios - Rios has more potential than he's shown thus far. Right now he has the look of a very useful utility player, able to play most infield positions. Think Danny Garcia with a little more power potential. He still has a chance to be a good 2B prospect for the Mets.

10) Marcos Cabral - Cabral has decent gap power and could prove to be a useful infield utility player down the road. He does not project to be a Major League starting second baseman at this time.

11) Bryan Zech - A Florida State product, Zech's baptism to professional baseball and the wooden bat did not go over well this past season. He did not show the same promise he had at FSU (.342-8-46-9). We'll see what he can do next season as he's better than his numbers suggest.

12) Todd Dulaney - Dulaney is steady. He's steady on the field and at the plate. The problem is he does not have the look of a difference maker at the plate in the early going.

13) Armand Gaerlan - Despite playing 2B, SS, and 3B, Gaerlan has the look of a future second base prospect in the Mets' farm system. He committed way too many errors this past season and looks more comfortable at second base. Gaerlan has good speed and an excellent batting eye. He could be a good leadoff hitter as he matures.

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