2002 Scouting Report: OF, Prentice Redman

The Mets drafted Prentice Redman on the 10th round of the June 1999 free agent draft. Redman played high school baseball in Tuscoloosa, Alabama and Bevill State Community College. The Mets like his tools. As he continues to fill out, he presents a solid combination of power, speed, and defense.

Having his best season, Redman already establishes career high with 23 doubles, and 30 stolen bases. Redman likely will establish career highs in home runs, walks and strikeouts. During the past year, Redman added 6-7 lbs. to his frame. The first time he's added weight since beginning his professional career. Redman's walk rate is just under 1.2 per 10 AB, strike out rate is 2.2 per 10 AB, and stolen base rate of 85% (30 SB in 35 attempts.) With the exception of the K-rate, the ratios are excellent.

Redman has improved his patience at the plate, and power, but his contact needs improvement.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

Binghamton

.283

410

116

8

51

62

36

49

96

.365

.412

2001

St. Lucie

.261

495

129

9

65

70

29

42

91

.322

.356

2000

Cap City

.260

497

129

3

46

60

26

52

90

.332

.320

1999

Kingsport

.295

200

59

6

29

40

16

24

40

.373

.465


*Stats as of 08/10/02.

Batting and Power. He has improved patience and power. As he fills out he should add more power. Until he actual fills out it's difficult to project him to be a 25 HR+ hitter that many like in corner outfielders. But, his ability hit 25 HR is made evident by the number of doubles that could become HR, should he continue to fill out. He has good bat speed.

Base running and speed. Redman is an aggressive base runner and base stealer, and has a good success rate throughout his minor league career.

Defense. The acrobatic Redman plays outstanding defense in LF The questions are whether he has enough range to play CF or arm to play RF.

Projection: Assuming he continues fills out, Redman projects to an average to somewhat above average LF. If not, he'll develop into a 4th OF.

ETA: Sometime during 2004. The number of strikeout suggests he'll need more than a full season of AAA before he's ready to come up for good. He might get cups of coffee before then.

Corner Outfield Team
Marvin Seale A - St. Lucie Mets
Forrest Lawson A - Capital City Bombers
Francis Corr A - Capital City Bombers
Alhaji Turay A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jon Slack A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Bob Malek A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Endy Chavez A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jamar Hill R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


Malek, Redman and Turay are the top corner OF prospect. Only Redman's arm is questionable for RF. While corner OF is not yet an organizational strength, it's not the weakness it's been. Turay is the clear star among corner OF. Malek provides the only left-handed power. The switch-hitting Seale might develop more power from the left side over time.

1. Redman needs to continue to hit in the Arizona Fall League (if invited) and in AAA to demonstrate that his 2002 season is not a fluke. In the past, there's been some concern about Redman's coachability and balance at the plate.

2. Turay is the jewel of the outfield prospects. Turay hits for power to all fields. He needs to improve his plate discipline to be a star, but he has that kind of talent.

3. The Mets used a high draft pick to select Malek despite knowing that he would need Tommy John surgery. The Mets took a calculated risk to select a more talented collegiate player than would have been available otherwise in the weak 2002 draft. Malek also fit the need for a power hitter from the left side.

4. Corr has a chance to be a utility player since he can play corner OF, 1B, 3B and C. He has good extra-base power.

5. Lawson is a five-tool talent who's just beginning to show some production.

6. Jamar Hill is a draft and follow signee from Alaska by way of Santa Ana Junior College in California. He can also play 1B.



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