Final 2002 Scouting Report: OF, Marvin Seale

The Mets drafted Marvin Seale on the 6th round of the June 1998 free agent draft. Seale hails from Durango, Colorado where played high school baseball. Marvin Seale is the son of a former minor league pitcher John Seale who had a cup of coffee with the Detroit Tigers in 1964 and 1965. His father had a big impact on his son's hard-nosed approach to baseball.

While his plate discipline continued to somewhat improve, the improvement was not sufficient to allow Marvin Seale to take full advantage of his speed and power. The switch-hitting Seale converted to a switch hitter in 2000. He has stalled at high A. He successfully stole 38 bases in 51 attempts.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

St. Lucie

.247

477

118

8

57

72

38

54

109

.334

.354

2001

St. Lucie

.238

479

114

10

38

72

37

61

127

.335

.367

2000

St. Lucie

.353

17

6

1

2

5

0

2

6

.421

.588

2000

Cap City

.291

453

132

6

37

76

52

53

125

.381

.408

1999

Kingsport

.233

210

49

2

20

46

22

24

75

.311

.324

1998

Gulfport

.220

132

29

0

7

24

11

10

40

.290

.326


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Seale has good patience at the plate and will draw walks. He has good power potential, but he has stalled at high A in part due to his inability to make consistent contact.

Base Running and Speed. Seale is an aggressive base runner and base stealer.

Defense. Seale is a solid defensive left-fielder, he can play center field and right field as a reserve.

Projection. Seale's inability to make consistent contact regulates him to a marginal prospect.

ETA. 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


COMMENTS


Bobby Malek, Prentice Redman and Alhaji 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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