Prospect Profile: Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez was brought on board last season in hopes of challenging for a backup outfielder role. Gomez made a brief appearance with the Tigers in '05, but will now hope to make a bigger impact in 2006.

Alexis Gomez
Position: Outfield Height: 6-2 Weight: 180
Born: 8/6/1978 Bats: Left Throws: Left

Background
Gomez was signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Kansas City Royals in 1997, as a player they believed to be a very promising 17-year old outfielder. Unfortunately it was revealed several years later that Gomez was in fact two years older than believed, drastically hurting his prospect status. Gomez put together several very good seasons during his tenure with the Royals organization, and has continued to put up intriguing numbers with the Tigers. After joining the Detroit organization off of waivers, Gomez posted a .307/.348/.450 line with Toledo in 2006. During the middle of the season, the Tigers gave Gomez an opportunity to impress at the Major League level, but struggled in only 16 at-bats before heading back to AAA.

Scouting Report
Gomez is a supreme athlete who has yet to completely translate his top-notch tools into success on the diamond. Alexis has the speed to steal plenty of bases, but often becomes far too conservative on the bases due to his lack of natural instincts. In addition, his speed allows him to play all three outfield positions well. Gomez reads balls well off the bat and takes proper routes to balls. On occasion, Gomez will lose focus and coast to balls he should be camping under, leading to some unnecessary errors. Gomez has a plus arm that can play in right field if necessary. Offensively, Gomez has yet to develop a solid understanding of the strike zone, leading to low walk and high strikeout totals. Alexis has the ability to hit for average in his sleep, and has surprising power that sometimes gets him in trouble. At times, Gomez will become too concerned with driving the ball out of the park when he should worry about shooting line drives to the gaps. Overall, as his development has stagnated, Gomez has profiled more and more like a 4th outfielder than the star some thought he would be after signing.

Performance

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

AAA

Toledo

424

.307

28

7

55

91

27

.348

.450

ML

Detroit

16

.188

0

0

1

2

2

.188

.278


Health Record
Gomez has been healthy throughout his entire minor league career.

The Future
Gomez has a slim chance to break camp with the Tigers as the teams 5th outfielder, but is more likely destined for playing time in Toledo. Gomez has more offensive potential than Nook Logan, and also provides the pinch running/defensive perks that Logan brings to the team. If Nook fails to perform for new manager Jim Leyland, don't be surprised if Gomez gets a legitimate shot to help the Tigers in 2006. Alexis could surprise and still make significant contributions in a Major League starting lineup, but at 27 years old, time is running out.


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