Final 2002 Scouting Report: OF, Jamar Hill

Jamar Hill was a draft and follow signee of the Mets in May 2002. The Mets drafted Hill out Santa Ana Junior College on the 48th round of the 2001 draft. At Santa Ana JC, Jamar Hill played 3B and OF. Hill hails from Alaska where he was an all-state player. Hill has wooden-bat experience by playing in the Alaska Goldpanners League.

Hill had a solid beginning at Kingsport after 2 seasons at Santa Ana JC. Hill had 24 extra-base hits including 14 doubles. Hill successfully stole on 7 bases in 11 attempts, a 65.6% success rate. He has solid ratios: 1 BB per 9.1 AB; and 1 K per 4.5 AB. He would benefit from reducing his K-rate.



























*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Hill has excellent power and demonstrated adequate discipline. He needs to improve his contact though.

Base running and speed. Hill has good speed, but he could improve his base running skills.

Defense. Hill has a solid arm and good enough speed and instincts to develop into a solid outfielder.

Projection. N/A.


Corner Outfield Team
Prentice Redman AA - Binghamton Mets
Marvin Seale A - St. Lucie Mets
Alhaji Turay A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jonathan Slack A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Bobby Malek A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Ender Chavez A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jamar Hill R - Kingsport Mets


Bobby Malek, Prentice Redman and Alhaji Turay are the top corner OF prospects. 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. Jamar Hill has very good power. Thus, he meets a need of the organization.

2. Alhaji 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. He has much work to do the Mets suspended him for a poor attitude. How he responds to that discipline will dictate his future in the organization. The suspension of Turay and Jayson Weir sent an appropriate message to other egocentric poor attitude prospects.

3. Prentice Redman needs to continue to hit in the Arizona Fall League 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.

4. The Mets used a high draft pick to select Bobby 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.

5. Justin Sassanella missed the entire season with injuries and was placed on the restricted list.

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