Scouting Padres Prospect #54: Mike Sansoe

When you reach base in 29 straight games, you are doing something right. That was the result of Mike Sansoe and his initial season in the Padres' system after being drafted in the 18th round this year.

In 49 games, Mike Sansoe hit .290 and lead the Eugene Emeralds in runs scored, 32, and steals with 13 in 16 chances.

Awarded Batter of the Year in Eugene by this writer for his all-around game, Sansoe prides himself on his ability to work with what is given to him, slapping the ball to the opposite field or pulling it based on the pitch location.

"Sansoe is a guy we picked out of Northern California," minor league field coordinator Bill Bryk explained. "He can run a little bit. He is a guy we were higher on after the minicamp. He had a real good minicamp, goes with the pitch well, not much power but he can play all three outfield positions and is a tick above average runner."

During the Instructional League, Sansoe went 13-for-47 and worked the count better than he had during the season, first-pitch swinging in just eight at bats.

Sansoe was deadly when leading off an inning during the year, hitting .368 when up first in a frame. He also held his own with runners in scoring position, hitting .316. His best attribute is getting from first to home.

"He did a good job and puts the ball in play," former director of player development Tye Waller said.

He won't hit for much power but as he matures should develop a knack for finding the gap and taking the extra base when applicable.

Used primarily as a centerfielder, Sansoe also saw time in right and left fields. There was, however, a certain comfort zone to playing the position he knows best. Sansoe hit .345 when he played in center and just .208 when he was in left, right, or used as the designated hitter. Nearly all of that time away from centerfield came in the final month of the season – his worst month of the year.

He paced the club with six outfield assists and provided solid defense in the outfield. He takes good angles in pursuit of the ball but lacks the overall range of other centerfielders.

He profiles more as a player that will play all three outfield positions moving forward with varying times at each.

"He is probably an extra outfielder at the major league level," added a scout with the Padres.

Just drafted this year, Sansoe has a long road to climb before making the show. He set the tone with some hard-nosed play this year but must maintain that same level intensity over the next few years. That will propel him up the ladder of success.

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