Final 2002 Scouting Report: SS, Chris Basak

Chris Basak was the Mets 6th round selection in the 2000 draft. Basak was a 3-year starter at the University of Illinois, where he also played 3B and 2B in his first 2 seasons.

Basak struggled mightily early in the season, but a solid finish led to a decent season. He continued to demonstrate gap power with 18 doubles and 3 triples. He stole only 19 bases in 33 attempts, but finished strong. For a player with limited power, he needs to improve his contact to perform well at the MLB level.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

Norfolk

.217

60

13

0

6

6

5

3

14

.254

.267

2002

Binghamton

.255

377

96

4

34

54

19

38

94

.322

.350

2001

Binghamton

.372

43

16

1

7

11

2

3

10

.429

.628

2001

St. Lucie

.227

365

83

3

34

58

23

35

93

.296

.310

2000

St. Lucie

.412

17

7

0

3

2

3

4

2

.524

.471

2000

Pittsfield

.349

249

87

0

15

46

32

26

36

.417

.454


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Basak, who handles the bat very well, can bunt, hit and run and hit behind the runner. He has shown extra-base power and now projects to 5-10 home runs a year. He'll need to improve his contact.

Baserunning and speed. Basak is an excellent base runner and base stealer with a high success rate. Basak is more quick than fast, but has excellent baseball speed.

Defense. Basak plays polished defense with good range and makes few mistakes.

Projection. Utility infielder or potential starter at SS or 2B.

ETA. 2004.

Shortstops Team
Chris Basak AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jose Reyes AAA - Norfolk Tides
Enrique Cruz A - St. Lucie Mets
Robert McIntyre A - Capital City Bombers
Corey Ragsdale A - Brooklyn Cyclones


COMMENTS


The hyping, and, perhaps, over hyping of Reyes has begun before he even reaches MLB. NYC can be a tough place for a potential star or superstar to break into MLB. The good news is that he's replacing Rey Ordonez, so it shouldn't be like Mickey Mantle replacing Joltin Joe DiMaggio. As a hitter, Reyes doesn't really compare to any of the top middle infielders. But, the Soriano comparison is best only because Soriano is a wrist hitter who generates his power primarily through his hands, wrists and forearms as does Reyes. Both also have tremendous speed. Beyond that Reyes won't hit for the power Soriano will, and Reyes will have a much better OBP.

1. Since Marco Scutaro turns 27 in October, he can't be considered more than a good bench player.

2. Chris Basak, a very good defensive SS, has struggled at AA.

3. Rob McIntyre has power and is a good defensive prospect, but has poor plate discipline. He continues to struggle against the CB.

4. Should the Mets leave Enrique Cruz at SS, then he becomes the Mets second best SS prospect.

5. The athletic Corey Ragsdale possess 20 HR+ and 20 SB+ potential. His good hands ensures that Ragsdale will become a very good defensive SS. His long swing needs modification if he is to develop into a solid hitter.



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