Scouting Padres Prospect #58: Dustin Delucchi

Signed in May after being dropped by the Mariners, Dustin Delucchi made it a habit of getting on base. A little older at 28 (as of December 23), Delucchi spent three years in the Independent Leagues before making the smooth transition into professional affiliated baseball.

After sporting an on base percentage of over .440 in successive years, it was easy to see why the ancient Mariners tossed the dice with Dustin Delucchi. In fact, it was equivalent to knowing double sixes would be rolled as he continued to post a high on base percentage within the Seattle system.

But, the Mariners had to make a decision, releasing Delucchi because of its glut of outfielders. The Padres pounced.

"The tools are pretty solid and he knows how to play," Minor League Field Coordinator Bill Bryk said. "He is a baseball player."

He began the year in Mobile where hit.280 with a .394 on base percentage. That was enough to earn a promotion to Triple-A Portland. His numbers there were even better. He hit .305 with a .440 on base percentage in 64 games.

A gritty throwback player, Delucchi prides himself on getting dirty and doing the little things.

"I would say, a lot of Pete Rose in me," Delucchi described of his game. "I play hard. I am a go-getter. I play the game hard all the time, scrappy."

He also will rarely be caught swinging at the first pitch. With a 48-to-29 walk-to-strikeout ratio, Delucchi practiced the art to perfection. He also showed some pop in Portland with 21 extra base hits.

The outfielder knows his road to the Majors is paved by his ability to play three outfield positions and play solid defensively at each.

There is some who question whether he has the speed for center and he does lack the power for the corners but may prove to be a valuable asset off the bench with his penchant for reaching base.

The window of opportunity may be closing for the California native but plenty of players have made their debuts late. With his advanced eye and knack for getting on base, it would not surprise to see him one day get his shot.

Is he a 4-A player or a major league quality player – that has been debated and it was a reason that Seattle let him go.

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