Rule V Scouting Report: Shane Victorino

The Phillies believe that they filled a utility spot in their outfield when they snagged Shane Victorino from the Dodgers in the Rule V Draft. Victorino has plenty of speed and has had just a short audition in the majors while he was with San Diego. If all goes as planned, Victorino will be added to the mix in center field.

Shane Victorino was a sixth round pick in the '99 Draft. He came to the Dodgers with a lot of promise, but soon found himself in the Padres organization. The move seemed to work out for Victorino, who made his major league debut with the Padres in 2003. He played in just 36 games and hit .151 as a major leaguer.

In 2004, Victorino was back with the Dodgers, but split his time between AA and AAA and didn't get a whif of the majors. He hit a combined .290 with 19 homeruns and 63 RBI.

While the Dodgers liked Victorino's potential, he was left unprotected in the Rule V Draft and the Phillies, who generally don't make any Rule V news, didn't miss their opportunity to take the speedy center fielder.

Year / Team HR RBI AVG G AB R H 2B 3B SB BB KO
1999 Great Falls (R) 2 25 .280 55 225 53 63 7 6 20 20 31
2000 Yakima (A) 2 20 .246 61 236 32 58 7 2 21 20 44
2001 Wilmington (A) 4 32 .283 112 435 71 123 21 9 47 36 61
2001 Vero Beach (A) 0 0 .167 2 6 2 1 0 0 0 3 1
2002 Jacksonville (AA) 4 34 .258 122 481 61 124 15 1 45 47 49
2003 Jacksonville (AA) 2 15 .282 66 266 37 75 9 4 16 21 41
2003 Las Vegas (AAA) 1 9 .390 11 41 6 16 1 2 0 1 5
2003 San Diego 0 4 .151 36 73 8 11 2 0 7 7 17
2004 Jacksonville (AA) 16 43 .328 75 293 70 96 13 7 9 20 64
2004 Las Vegas (AAA) 3 20 .235 55 200 28 47 9 1 7 11 37
Minor League Career 34 198 .276 559 2183 360 603 82 32 165 179 333
Major League Career 0 4 .151 36 73 8 11 2 0 7 7 17


Batting and Power: Many scouts wonder where Victorino's 2004 power surge came from. Having his 15 minor league homeruns in five previous seasons, he belted 19 in 2004. Is it an anomaly or did Victorino discover a power stroke? He's hit for solid numbers in the minors, but a lot of that came at the lower levels. His AAA average is .261 compared to .278 at the lower levels. He also hit 16 of his homeruns last season at AA and only three at the AAA level. His AA pace would have had him hit 11 at the higher level.

Baserunning and Speed: Victorino has good speed and uses it well. He stole a career high 47 bases in 2001 and in two seasons, swiped a total of 92 bases, again, at the lower levels of the minors. With his power surge, his stolen base numbers dropped to a career low of 16 in 2004.

Defense: Victorino has good defensive skills. He uses his speed to cover a lot of the outfield and gets a good jump on balls hit anywhere near him. His arm is decent, but not overwhelming.

Projection: The Phillies believe that Victorino can at least stick with their big league club. They don't rule out the possibility of having him work into a platoon with Kenny Lofton in center field, but that may be a stretch. Since he was a Rule V Draft pick, the Phillies will have to keep him on the major league roster or offer him back to the Dodgers. It's also likely that they may be able to work out a deal with L.A. should they decide to keep him in the organization.

ETA: As stated earlier, he will be a major leaguer in 2004 or the Phillies risk losing him.

Comparison: One scout compared him to Phillies Assistant GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. He's a bit on the small side and has a good knowledge of the game and a knack for making plays, but overall, probably won't put up strong major league numbers. He has utility player written all over him, but that would be okay with the Phillies, since that's all they're looking for Victorino to be.


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