Scouting Mets Prospect #42: Jeff Flagg

The Mets made the power-hitting first baseman their 27th round selection in June's draft with the knowledge that he could be a fast mover. Upon entering the organization, he impressed with his power, but in the near future he will need to put a few more pieces together to follow through on the promise that he does not need much time on the farm.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Jeff Flagg
DOB: November 7, 1985
Height: 6'5"
Weight 234
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Status: 27th Round (2008) – Mississippi State

It is pretty simple what Jeff Flagg brings to the table. Of the 40 players the Mets signed out of last summer's draft, no one has the power like the Mississippi State alumnus. Though he only stepped to the plate 143 times over his last two collegiate seasons, his size and strength make him a very valuable weapon that the organization wants to see rapidly develop.

It would then seem odd that four-year college player was assigned to the Gulf Coast League out of the draft, but that decision was made simply to get him on the field and let him acclimate to playing every day. In those final 143 at-bats in college, Flagg hit .265 with six home runs and 29 RBI, virtually identical production to his 45-game stint in his rookie season.

In the Gulf Coast League, he hit .223 with five home runs and 25 RBI but his consistency improved as his season went on. After going just 5-for-26 in his first eight games with four RBI, he picked up the pace and hit all five of his home runs and drove in an additional 21 runs.

But he did not try to make up for lost time by overextending himself. He showed a measure of plate discipline, earning 21 walks though he struck out 35 times. Moving forward, it is a matter of Flagg continuing to mature that discipline while expanding on his power potential. Natural power that, even now, ranks among the best in the system.

His power could carry him a long way, but he will not put him in position to succeed at higher levels if he does not further develop his swing. The organization is not looking for nor anticipating he will become much a hitter for average, but he must limit his streaks, refine his ability to pace his swing and use the whole field.

There will certainly be competition on the full-season rosters next season, but scouts have seen the possibilities in Flagg. After spending so much time away from the diamond leading into the start of his professional career, it is imperative he stay one step ahead. However, given the overall potential of his bat, the organization will give him some rope, but it could shorten quickly if he does not produce.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2008

GCL

.223

139

31

5

25

17

7

21

35

.331

.417



Batting and Power: Simply put, Flagg is a pure extra-base, home run threat while he continues to develop consistency in his contact stroke. His size, physique and tremendous strength give him big league power right out of the chute. His good bat speed allows him to rake fastballs, but he struggles at times to slow the bat down so he can drive breaking pitches with authority. That also makes it difficult for him to battle deeper into at-bats and simply put balls into play which prevents him from hitting for a higher average. Therefore, it is not expected Flagg will ever be a reliable hitter for average, but his plus power is the backbone of his offense.

Base Running and Speed: Given his size, it is not expected that Flagg will ever use his below-average to average speed as a weapon. He is not a textbook station-to-station runner, but he will have to pick his spots to take an extra base or steal one. He stole seven bases last season in the Gulf Coast League, but as he moves up it is likely will not be able to steal more than that against more skilled catchers.

Defense: Though he spent time in the outfield in college, there is a reason why Flagg is a first baseman as his size and limited speed prevents him from regularly playing the outfield at the professional level. His size prevents good mobility on the corner, but he does have the hands and the reaction time to make all the necessary plays within his immediate reach. He boasts a good throwing arm that allows him to make plays around the infield, but accuracy remains a concern as he settles into a long-term role at first base.

Projection: It will be Flagg's power potential that gets him to the highest levels, but unlike younger prospects, he will have to do it at a much faster pace. His brings enough power that if he can consistently produce and drive in runs, he could be a fast riser and be a power hitter off the bench sooner than later. That will be the caveat to his progress, but if he can hit for a respectful average that too will help support the decision to move him up and keep him as a viable option at first base.

ETA: Late 2010. Considering how little he saw the field prior to joining the organization, Flagg will likely need about two seasons to get put his game together before making his debut. However, should his power come through sooner, he could get an earlier shot to be a slugger off the bench.


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\r\nName: Jeff Flagg
\r\nDOB: November 7, 1985
\r\nHeight: 6'5\"
\r\nWeight 234
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\nStatus: 27th Round (2008) – Mississippi State
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\r\nIt is pretty simple what Jeff Flagg brings to the table. Of the 40 players the Mets signed out of last summer's draft, no one has the power like the Mississippi State alumnus. Though he only stepped to the plate 143 times over his last two collegiate seasons, his size and strength make him a very valuable weapon that the organization wants to see rapidly develop.
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\r\nIt would then seem odd that four-year college player was assigned to the Gulf Coast League out of the draft, but that decision was made simply to get him on the field and let him acclimate to playing every day. In those final 143 at-bats in college, Flagg hit .265 with six home runs and 29 RBI, virtually identical production to his 45-game stint in his rookie season.
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\r\nIn the Gulf Coast League, he hit .223 with five home runs and 25 RBI but his consistency improved as his season went on. After going just 5-for-26 in his first eight games with four RBI, he picked up the pace and hit all five of his home runs and drove in an additional 21 runs.
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\r\nBut he did not try to make up for lost time by overextending himself. He showed a measure of plate discipline, earning 21 walks though he struck out 35 times. Moving forward, it is a matter of Flagg continuing to mature that discipline while expanding on his power potential. Natural power that, even now, ranks among the best in the system.
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\r\nHis power could carry him a long way, but he will not put him in position to succeed at higher levels if he does not further develop his swing. The organization is not looking for nor anticipating he will become much a hitter for average, but he must limit his streaks, refine his ability to pace his swing and use the whole field.
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\r\nThere will certainly be competition on the full-season rosters next season, but scouts have seen the possibilities in Flagg. After spending so much time away from the diamond leading into the start of his professional career, it is imperative he stay one step ahead. However, given the overall potential of his bat, the organization will give him some rope, but it could shorten quickly if he does not produce.
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\r\nBatting and Power: Simply put, Flagg is a pure extra-base, home run threat while he continues to develop consistency in his contact stroke. His size, physique and tremendous strength give him big league power right out of the chute. His good bat speed allows him to rake fastballs, but he struggles at times to slow the bat down so he can drive breaking pitches with authority. That also makes it difficult for him to battle deeper into at-bats and simply put balls into play which prevents him from hitting for a higher average. Therefore, it is not expected Flagg will ever be a reliable hitter for average, but his plus power is the backbone of his offense.
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\r\nBase Running and Speed: Given his size, it is not expected that Flagg will ever use his below-average to average speed as a weapon. He is not a textbook station-to-station runner, but he will have to pick his spots to take an extra base or steal one. He stole seven bases last season in the Gulf Coast League, but as he moves up it is likely will not be able to steal more than that against more skilled catchers.
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\r\nDefense: Though he spent time in the outfield in college, there is a reason why Flagg is a first baseman as his size and limited speed prevents him from regularly playing the outfield at the professional level. His size prevents good mobility on the corner, but he does have the hands and the reaction time to make all the necessary plays within his immediate reach. He boasts a good throwing arm that allows him to make plays around the infield, but accuracy remains a concern as he settles into a long-term role at first base.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: It will be Flagg's power potential that gets him to the highest levels, but unlike younger prospects, he will have to do it at a much faster pace. His brings enough power that if he can consistently produce and drive in runs, he could be a fast riser and be a power hitter off the bench sooner than later. That will be the caveat to his progress, but if he can hit for a respectful average that too will help support the decision to move him up and keep him as a viable option at first base.
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\r\nETA: Late 2010. Considering how little he saw the field prior to joining the organization, Flagg will likely need about two seasons to get put his game together before making his debut. However, should his power come through sooner, he could get an earlier shot to be a slugger off the bench.
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