2002 Final Scouting Report: OF, Bobby Malek

The Mets used their 4th round selection in the 2002 draft to take Bob Malek despite knowing that the two-All American had torn a ligament in his right elbow. Malek became the first Michigan State Spartan position player to be tabbed an All-American since Kirk Gibson. Malek earned freshman All-American from Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger. Malek, who hails from Detroit, earned player of the year honors from the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.

At MSU, Malek hit 82 extra-base hits in 625 at bats. Bob Malek unsuccessfully attempted to play through the pain of torn ligaments in his elbow, but after struggling through 28 games. Malek called it quits and had surgery performed on his elbow. In his struggles, Malek demonstrated very little power or plate discipline. He did successfully steal 4 bases in 4 attempts.



























*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Malek possesses excellent extra-base power and generally makes good contact.

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

Defense. Malek has good defensive instincts and should develop into a corner outfielder. If arm surgery is successful, and Malek regains his strength then he could play right field otherwise he'll play left field.

Projection. Starting corner outfielder.


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


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. Prentice 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. 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.

3. 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.

4. Jamar Hill is a draft and follow signee from Alaska by way of Santa Ana Junior College in California. He can also play 3B.

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