Prospect Profile: Vincent Blue

As the stereotypical five tool player coming out of high school, there was high hopes for Blue. It has taken him some time to see his tools turn into production, but Blue may finally be turning the corner in his career.

Vincent Blue
Position: Outfielder Height: 6-2 Weight: 180
Born: 2/8/1983 Bats: Left Throws: Right

A 10th round choice out of Lamar High School in 2001, Blue fit the stereotype of the raw, 5-tool, high school player who so many teams have taken a chance on over the years. Blue finished his high school career being named a Texas High School All-Star, after a stellar season in which he finished near the top of his conference in many offensive categories. Vincent struggled to make contact during his first two seasons in the Gulf Coast League as a teenager, but lost in the shuffle was above average plate discipline for someone his age. During the 2003 season, Blue began to breakout as a complete player in the New York-Penn League, and continued to develop with a .260/.328/.326 line with West Michigan in 2004. While those numbers are not awe-inspiring, they do demonstrate improvements in many facets of Blue's package. The 2005 season saw additional progress for Vincent. A .297.356/.343 line demonstrates better contact rates, continued improvement with plate discipline, and a generally better understanding of his offensive game.

Scouting Report
Vincent combines moderate, raw power potential with blazing speed and good plate discipline to provide a very good base from which to build a major league player. Blue continues to struggle on the bases, as he has only succeeded two-thirds of the time throughout his career. Since first debuting as a professional, Blue has maintained solid control of the strike zone and continues to work himself into favorable counts as he moves up the ladder. This strike zone judgment, combined with his raw power potential could yield an exciting player down the road. Vincent is noticeably more muscular than earlier in his career, and the expectation is that this added bulk and maturity will yield higher power numbers once out of the pitcher friendly environments of the Midwest and Florida State Leagues. Defensively, Blue provides above average defense and a strong arm. His speed allows him to cover ground in centerfield, and he takes an advanced approach to tracking fly balls. His arm will be more than adequate as a centerfielder, and it could continue to get stronger as he fills out in the coming years.
























Health Record
Vincent has had no major injuries at this point in his career.

The Future
After an outstanding season with Lakeland in 2005, Blue will look to continue his progress while with AA-Erie in 2006. It is likely that Blue will man the Erie outfield alongside 2005 teammates Brent Clevlen and Garth McKinney. The friendly confines of Jerry Uht Park could provide Blue with an inordinate spike in his power numbers, so don't be fooled by the raw stats, but there is reason to believe some slugging progress could be real. To remain a legitimate top of the order prospect, blue will need to progress as a base stealer, and in a big way. Success rates below 70% are unacceptable at the Major League level, let alone along the minor league trail. With all the talk of Curtis Granderson and Clete Thomas as the centerfielders of the future in Detroit, don't forget about Vincent.

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