Final 2002 Scouting Report: 1B, Craig Brazell

Craig Brazell was the Mets' 5th round selection in the June 1998 free agent draft from Jefferson Davis HS in Montgomery, Alabama.

Brazell continues to fill out and it shows in his 60 extra-base hits. But, his ratios raises concerns about how might progress at higher levels: 0.3 BB per 10 AB; and 1.9 K per 10 AB. For a power hitter, Brazell strike out rate is good. For the most part, Brazell is not the wild hacker you would think, but he does have some stretches when that's true. During his slump in May and June, Brazell upper cut pitches reducing the time his bat was in the strike zone. However, the lack of walks raises serious concerns.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

Binghamton

.308

130

40

6

19

14

0

1

28

.343

.508

2002

St. Lucie

.266

402

107

16

82

38

2

13

78

.292

.463

2001

Cap City

.308

331

102

19

72

51

0

15

74

.343

.586

2000

Cap City

.241

406

98

8

57

35

3

15

82

.279

.369

1999

Kingsport

.385

221

85

6

39

27

6

7

34

.422

.548

1998

Kingsport

.298

47

14

1

6

6

0

2

13

.340

.468


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Brazell already has excellent power. He continues to fill out nicely. He has hit well 4of his 5 years in the minors. Brazell's lack of patience likely will be exploited at AA and AAA.

Baserunning and speed. Brazell does not have great speed, but does not clog the base paths either.

Defense. Brazell, a converted catcher, has made strides to improve his defense and is not better than adequate.

Projection. Potentially a starting first baseman.

ETA. N/A. The need to substantially improve plate discipline will slow his movement above high A.

First Basemen Team
Aaron McNeal AAA - Norfolk Tides


COMMENTS


First base is the weakest position in the organization.

1. Craig Brazell is the Mets top prospect at first base. He has serious power. Has improved his defense. His lack of patience makes it difficult to project Brazell as an above average hitter. The fact that the Mets have not spent more time working with Brazell on developing patience is a bit disturbing.

2. Aaron McNeal, claimed off waivers from the Padres, had a good season at Binghamton. He is old for AA and has spent the greater part of 3 seasons at AA. Under the circumstances, he's a marginal prospect and will have to prove himself at the major league level.



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