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.