Acquired: From the Yankees in a trade
for Sal Fasano in July, 2006.
B: R T: R / Height: 6' 1" / Weight: 155 lbs / BIRTHDAY: December 18, 1984 (23)
2007 Team/League: Clearwater (FSL) 42 g / Reading (Eastern) 3 g
Positions Played in 2007: 3B (36 g), SS (5 g), 2B (4g)
Batting and Power: When the Yankees saw the production that Hector Made was able to give in the Dominican Summer League as an 18 year old, they thought he had enough talent to succeed in the states and brought him over for the 2003 season. Unfortunately, Made's offensive development hasn't come at the pace that the Yankees thought that it would and they essentially gave up on him when they traded him to the Phillies for Sal Fasano. Nobody ever expected any power from Made, but his career .268 average in the minors - playing essentially in A ball - is surprising when you consider that he's basically been playing at the same level for five seasons now.
Baserunning and Speed: Made has decent speed, but lacks the skill to steal a lot of bases. He's only stolen bases at a 56% rate in the minors and he should be higher than that. He'll also run himself into trouble on the basepaths from time to time.
Defense: One area of his defense that has gotten better is his defense. While he's not a Gold Glove caliber type player, he's become an above average defensive player, especially at third base. He lacks the range to play at shortstop and seems destined to be stuck at third because he does have the arm to play there and has developed the footwork necessary to play the position.
Projection: Let's face it, the Phillies didn't give up much to get Made and they knew they weren't getting too much in return. You should remember that Made just turned 23, but with all his time in the minors, he should have been able to put himself in a position to have played more than just three games above the High-A level. Right now it appears that Made is simply filler material that will stick around only as long as the Phillies have a need for him. His chances of ever hitting the majors, let alone making an impact, are long.
Comparison: Unfortunately for Made, one scout said "he's another C.J. Henry." Ironically, Henry also came to the Phillies from the Yankees and the Phillies officially gave up on him and released him on the pretense that Henry was going to pursue his first love of basketball. Instead, he signed with the Yankees and will be back in their system - again at a low level - for the 2008 season. It's likely that Made will be looking at the same fate before too long.
What you should know about Hector Made:
- Made was suspended for 50 games in April of 2007 for violating the substance abuse policy.
- In 2005, Made missed considerable time because of various injuries.
Hector Made's career stats
|Minor League Totals - 5 Season(s)||426||1595||197||424||78||6||17||143||36||102||242||.266||.312|
Stats courtesy of The Baseball Cube.