PP 2004 Scouting Report: OF, Estee Harris

The New York Yankees selected LF Estee Harris in the 2nd round of the 2003 amateur draft (64th overall). A local product, Harris graduated from Islip High School, in Central Islip Long Island.After leading his high school to a first place finish in the Boys 4x200 Meter Relay, Harris decided to play Baseball full time, and joined the Gulf Coast Yankees.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Estee Harris
Position: Left Field
DOB: January 8, 1985
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Selected in the 2nd round of the amateur draft (64th overall)

Estee Harris has been labeled a five-tool player by local scouts.In his senior year at Islip High School, he led all of Suffolk County in Home Runs with 8, while stealing 21 out of 22 bases.Harris was a finalist for the Yastrzemski award, which is given to Suffolk County's best player.During Islip's 2003 playoff run, Harris belted homeruns in three consecutive games, helping sweep the defending League II co-champions Connetquot. Harris capped his 2003 season by being named the Class AA Player of the Year, and a first team all-star by the New York State Sports Writers' Association.

A pro scout at the Major League Baseball Draft described Harris, "live athletic body, long arms, fingers, whistle quick, with an easy stroke that can extend for power to all fields. Base stealing ability and mentality, athletic, special baseball instincts, a fine hitting prospect with a picture perfect swing."

Estee Harris, in his first season with the Gulf Coast Yankees, played along side SS Eric Almonte, who filled in for Derek Jeter while he was on the DL with a dislocated shoulder, and Tyler Mattingly, son of Yankees former first baseman and current hitting coach Don Mattingly.

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Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

Gulf Coast

.277

101

7

6

18

18

4

14

28

.545

.368

 

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Batting and Power:  Harris hit a respectable .277 in the gulf coast league, while adding 14 extra base hits in 101 at bats.Although he didn't steal many bases, he was not thrown out once, showing his great instincts, and pure speed.With age and a lack of speed in the Yankees outfield, this young, fast, versatile outfielder could find himself in the Yankees outfield in years to come.

Baserunning and Speed: A former track star, Harris possesses the speed of a lead off hitter with the intelligence of a top base stealing threat. In his senior year of high school, Harris was caught stealing only once in 22 attempts.In 2003 with the Gulf Coast Yankees, he attempted 4 steals and was successful each time.

Defense:  As a centerfielder in high school, Harris proved he could play the toughest outfield position, and excel. When he joined the Gulf Coast Yankees he played primarily in Left field, a spot the New York Yankees have been trying to fill for almost nine years.

Projection:  Harris is young and could develop into a solid outfielder. He has speed and versatility, but needs to cut down his strikeouts in the upcoming 2004 season.  He has shown a knack for extra base hits and has power to all fields. His stolen base percentage has been near perfect since high school, which continued though his first season in the Gulf Coast League.

ETA:  2007. If Harris maintains his progression, and can stay healthy, he could be a Yankee outfielder by 2007. His start may come as a utility player at first, where he could play all three-outfield positions, like Hideki Matsui did this year.

Outfielders

2003 Team

Mike Vento

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Bubba Crosby

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Mitch Jones

AA - Trenton Thunder

Kevin Reese

AA - Trenton Thunder

Kevin Thompson AA - Trenton Thunder
Tommy Winrow A - Tampa Yankees
Andy Brown A - Tampa Yankees
Bronson Sardinha A - Battle Creek Yankees
Rudy Guillen A - Battle Creek Yankees
Matt Carson A - Battle Creek Yankees
Erold Andrus A - Battle Creek Yankees
Melky Cabrera A - Staten Island Yankees
Edwar Gonzalez A - Staten Island Yankees
Estee Harris R - GCL Yankees
Edwin Cabrera R - GCL Yankees
 

COMMENTS


As it is currently constituted, the New York Yankees outfield is as weak as it has been in recent years. Power has become a huge problem outside Sardinha and Guillen. There are, though, a decent amount of quality defensive players that the organization loves.

1. Bronson Sardinha - Moved from shortstop to left field where he continues to improve and has a good arm. Above-average runner who sprays the ball and projects to a 20-25 HR player.

2. Rudy Guillen - Collected forty-four extra-base hits (29 doubles, 4 triples, 13 homers) in 2003 while driving in 79. Excellent potential, is still young, and has the ability to hit for high average.

3. Kevin Thompson - Great defensive player who adds tons of speed (caught just 8 times in 55 attempts with the Thunder in 03‘). Doesn't strike out and is extremely patient.

4. Kevin Reese - Line drive hitter who can steal. Struggled with Columbus and was sent down to Trenton where he had a .272 average, .328 OBP, 27 steals in 32 attempts, and 13 doubles in 309 ABs. Lacks power.

5. Matt Carson - One of the top defensive players in the organization, but strikes out way too much (100 times in 432 ABs last year).

6. Mitch Jones - Hit or miss: 131 SO and 23 HR in 463 AB.

7. Jason Grove - Left-handed hitter doesn't have great power, but can hit for average.

8. Erold Andrus - Switch-hitter needs to improve judgment of the strike zone.

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