Top Prospect #47: Nick Shimer

Nick Shimer has always been one of the hardest working players on whatever team he's a part of. It's just in his nature to work at his game and be the best that he can be. Because of that, there is little doubt that Shimer will improve on the numbers that he put up at Batavia in his first pro season.

Unless they're a college superstar, most young players have a ton of adjustments to make when they enter the professional ranks. Nick Shimer is one of those players with adjustments to be made.

Defensively, Shimer isn't going to win any Gold Gloves. In fact, the Phillies are unsure of where to play him, but it appears he's destined for left field. Shimer played third base in college and the Phillies had him play some first base in his first summer of pro ball at Batavia. Generally, Shimer finds a way to make the plays no matter where on the field he's playing.

Shimer's ticket to the majors will be punched by his offensive talent. Again, adjustments are needed. While he had great plate discipline with an aluminum bat in college, his plate discipline was near terrible at Batavia. He was clearly trying to put more power into his swing to compensate for the lack of metal in his bat. That's not unusual for young players and it's very likely that Shimer will calm down at the plate and realize that he can add power by getting ahead in the count and waiting for his pitch.

Yes, there are adjustments to be made, but Shimer has the ability to make them and the work ethic to put it all together.

2004 Batavia 6 28 .244 64 238 30 58 8 1 4 2 16 57 .312
Career 6 28 .244 64 238 30 58 8 1 4 2 16 57 .312

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies out of George Mason University in the 32nd round of the 2004 Draft.

Batting and Power: Shimer is primarily a power hitter. He will show more power in the minors as he adjusts to wood bats and learns that he truly does have the skills that he needs to succeed in the pros. Shimer finished his college career with a .313 average and hit 28 homeruns, 17 of which came in his final season.

Baserunning and Speed: Shimer has average speed and lacks the real knowledge of how to steal bases. Since his speed is only average it doesn't help him much defensively.

Defense: Where, oh where will Shimer wind up playing? It doesn't appear that he'll get much time at third base even though that's where he played in college. First base is a possibility, but the outfield - particularly left field - are more likely options for Shimer. No matter where he winds up, he won't be a big asset defensively. He'll be a guy that can make some plays and generally won't screw up on the routine plays.

Projection: Shimer has the potential to make it as an everyday major league outfielder if those ever present adjustments are made. At the very least, Shimer can be a quality fourth outfielder in the majors. He may also be a candidate for a bigger role if he winds up in the American League and can DH.

ETA: It all depends on how quickly Shimer begins to just trust his talent. He will likely need full seasons at each level, so 2009 is the appropriate time to think about him reaching the majors, but it may be a year or two longer. The Phillies may push Shimer along to Lakewood to give him a full season experience and from there, it just all depends on the numbers that he puts up.

Comparison: You might compare Shimer to Jason Michaels. He may not hit for as high of an average as Michaels can, but he is very comparable in that he projects as a guy that is right on the cusp of being either an everyday player or a fourth outfielder in the majors.

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