Like many young players, Omar Bramasco had a decision to make when the Phillies drafted him. He already had plans to attend Texas Tech after his time at Long Beach Community College, but when the Phillies grabbed him in the 16th round of the 2002 Draft, it was decision time. Evidently, the decision wasn't a tough one, because Bramasco signed a week after the draft and reported to the Gulf Coast League.
Also like many players, Bramasco hasn't quite fit into any one position defensively. The Phillies have moved him around, playing him primarily at third base in 2004. He also played at short, second and even played one game in the outfield. With a number of talented young second basemen, it looks like Bramasco may wind up at third. He played primarily at short in college and was thought to be headed for second base in the minors, but that idea seems to have changed.
Bramasco is a talented young player and the Phillies main objective is to get him to cut down on his swing a little. He put up good power numbers in college, but also struck out a little too much. He has natural power, but hasn't shown it yet in the minors.
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Offense and Power: Bramasco didn't hit .300 in college and the Phillies didn't really expect him to come near that mark in the minors. They do expect better than his current .219 minor league average. They also thought they would see more power out of Bramasco and they still might. The work on cutting down on his swing isn't going too well and he's striking out too much.
Baserunning and Speed: There was no reason to think that Bramasco would be a terror on the basepaths. He's got average speed, but isn't adept at stealing bases. Defensively, he gets a pretty good jump on balls hit in his zone and has a way of getting to ground balls quicker than you might think.
Defense: Bramasco is very athletic and as mentioned earlier, gets a good jump on balls hit near him. He's not afraid to throw his body around the field to dive for balls and make big plays. He's got good hands and an arm that is at least good enough to make the plays that he needs to make.
Projection: It will be interesting to see where the Phillies place Bramasco in 2005. He probably hit well enough at Lakewood to move along to Clearwater, but it's not out of the question that he'll start back in the South Atlantic League with the BlueClaws for a little more work. The Phillies will likely keep playing him at a number of positions to increase his versatility and value.
ETA: It's going to be a while before we see Bramasco in the majors. Best guess would probably be late in the 2008 season. If he cuts down on the strikeouts and finds his power stroke, he could push that by a little, but not much.
Comparison: PhilliesDraftReport.com compares Bramasco to Nick Punto, which is probably a decent comparison. If all goes as planned, Bramasco will put up better power numbers, but Punto will show a definite advantage in the speed department.