Final 2002 Scouting Report: OF, Derran Watts

The Mets selected Derran Watts on the 12th round of the 2001 draft. Watts attended the University of British Columbia - a division III program. He got a late start in 2001 so he could complete a commitment at UBC.

Derran Watts displayed solid gap power with 20 extra-base hits in only 179 AB. At Kingsport, he drew 1 BB per 6 AB. He also struck out 1 per 3.6 AB. He successfully stole 18 bases in 24 attempts - a 75% success rate.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

Brooklyn

.154

26

4

0

0

2

0

2

14

.267

.192

2002

Kingsport

.257

179

46

2

20

33

18

30

50

.378

.408

2001

Kingsport

.245

53

13

0

3

10

64

9

21

.365

.245


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Watts displayed excellent gap power at Kingsport and good patience. He needs to improve his ability to make contact, which is not so unusual for someone with his limited experience.

Base Running and Speed. Watts has excellent speed and is a good base runner and base stealer.

Defense. Watts is an excellent defensive OF and has a strong arm.

Projection. Watts is a developmental prospect who projects to a lead-off hitting CF with experience.

ETA. N/A.

Centerfielders Team
Jeff Duncan A - St. Lucie Mets
Angel Pagan A - St. Lucie Mets
Wayne Lydon A - Capital City Bombers
Derran Watts A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Roberto Solano R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


Despite the Mets trading Alex Escobar to the Indians and the tragic loss of Brian Cole, the center field positions seems to be in good hands. Pagan and Solano appear to have star potential. Duncan and Watts are at least solid prospects. Wayne Lydon is having a break through season. With the exception of Solano, the current CFs don't possess Escobar's or Cole's power.

1. Roberto Solano can run, hit for power, play defense, and throw. Solano clearly needs to develop better plate discipline to determine if he'll hit. Still, he may one day challenge for the Mets best prospect. But, that's a few seasons away. Nonetheless, Solano will be an exciting prospect to watch develop in the Mets system.

2. Jeff Duncan, who struggled mightily at Columbia in 2001, arrived in 2002 with good seasons at both Columbia and St. Lucie. His stolen base success rate of 85% (20 of 23) was down a bit from 2001. He shows excellent plate discipline. He has drawn a combined 35 BB and having 37 K in a combined 190 AB. With his 19 extra-base hits including 5 HR, MLB won't just bust him with FB after FB. He's a polished defensive CF who bunts very well.

3. Angel Pagan remains very raw and -range prospects. Joey Cora has taken Pagan under his wing and Pagan has played for a team Cora is a part owner of and is the manager.

4. Wayne Lydon, who converted to a switch-hitter in 2001, has had an excellent season batting over .300 with an OBP of .386. He has successful stolen 64 bases in 70 attempts (91.4%). He needs to demonstrate that he can drive the ball.

5. Derran Watts is a toolsy speedster who plays good defense and has gap power. Watts has the best arm among the CFs.

6. Jesus Gamera , a power hitting CF playing for Universidad de Carabobo (VSL), is another player to watch.



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