2001Scouting Report: OF, Alhaji Turay

Alhaji Turay was selected on the second round of the June 2001 free agent draft. Turay hit 10 home runs in only 61 at bats his senior year in high school. In work outs, he has demonstrated that he already is able to hit home runs out of any part of a MLB park.

After a slow start, Turay hit well late demonstrating his power with 13 extra-base hits. His K/BB ratio demonstrates that Turay is not very advanced as a hitter and needs to improve his pitch recognition and plate discipline. Turay had 8 stolen bases in 11 attempts. A success rate of 72.7%.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2001

Kingsport

.245

163

40

2

20

21

8

9

46

.286

.368

*Stats as of 10/31/01.

Batting and Power. Turay has extraordinary power potential. He has power to all fields and drives the ball well to all fields. He should begin to demonstrate that in 2002 at Brooklyn. He is not very advanced and needs to improve pitch recognition and plate discipline.

Base running and speed. Turay is an aggressive base runner with good not great speed. He has good instincts on the base paths as evidenced by his stolen base success rate.

Defense. Turay has a solid arm and good instincts defensively. He gets surprisingly good jumps and takes good angles for a player his age. He is advanced defensively. Although Turay played CF at Kingsport, he's likely to be a corner outfielder with a strong enough arm to play right field.

Projection: N/A. Turay has as high a ceiling as any player in the Mets system. The development of his hitting skills to increase contact without sacrifice power will determine whether he is a marginal player or an All-Star.

ETA: N/A.

Corner Outfield Team
Robert Stratton AA - Binghamton Mets
Prentice Redman A - St. Lucie Mets
Marvin Seale A - St. Lucie Mets
Frank Corr A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Justin Sassenella R - Kingsport Mets
Antonio Cerda R - DSL Mets
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COMMENTS

1. Corner OF and 1B are the weakest area in the Mets farm system at all levels. I would not be surprised to see the Mets consider converting positional prospects such as Jay Caligiuri to outfield. Tyler Beuerlein, a catcher by trade, can also play both corner OF position as well as 1B. Brett Kay can play corner OF also.

2. Stratton's inability to hit the curve raises questions about whether he is more than a marginal prospect.

3. The Mets remain high on Prentice Redman, but it's time he began to demonstrate the expected power. Assuming the Stratton, McNeal and Nye remain at Binghamton, Redman will final have the opportunity to have other decent hitters surrounding him in the lineup. It's difficult to assess the impact of not being surrounded by other decent hitters might have had on his production.

4. Marvin Seale has the makings of a solid 4th outfielder. He recently converted to a switch hitter and he has been plagued by a lack of offensive support.

5. Due to his age, Corr will need to thrive at St. Lucie in 2002 to maintain his prospect status. Columbia didn't have any corner OF who should block his way to St. Lucie.

6. Justin Sassanella, a left-handed hitter, is very raw but has some tools.

7. Antonio Cerda, also a left-handed hitter, was invited to the Mets' Florida Instructional League team.

8. Cohen is a switch hitter with some power.



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