PP 2004 Scouting Report: OF, Erold Andrus

Erold Andrus was assigned to the Gulf Coast Yankees back in the 2002 season out of the Venezuelan Summer League. Andrus was very impressive in his final season in Venezuela and impressed scouts with his speed and consistent hitting. He has also shown very good skills in the outfield with good speed with a strong throwing arm. At the young age of only 17, Andrus immediately became a star prospect in the New York Yankees farm system.

Vital Statistics;
Name: Erold Andrus
Position: Right Field
DOB: July 16, 1984
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 170
Bats: Switch
Throws: Left
How Acquired: Assigned to the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2002 out of the Venezuelan Summer League.

At this point in his career, only at 19 years of age, scouts are predicting a very bright future for this young Venezuelan. Already, he is moving rapidly through the Yankee system going from the Gulf Coast Rookie League to Battle Creek in less than a season and a half. He has been impressive in every facet of the game at each level that he has played at.

In his final season in the Venezuelan Summer League Andrus had an outstanding year in which his statistics spoke for themselves. He hit .305 with 44 runs scored, 14 doubles and 10 stolen bases. Despite only having one home run in 223 at bats, many scouts predict that with some minor league seasoning his power numbers will rise to respectability.

Andrus did not disappoint in his first season in the Gulf Coast Rookie as he continued to be a consistent performer as he had been in Venezuela. He hit a solid .294 in 55 games while posting a .351 OBP and scoring 30 runs. During this time, Andrus proved himself as a prototypical number two hitter and molded very well into the lineup. Most if not all scouts agreed at this time that Andrus should and will rocket through the Yankee farm system very quickly.

As a result of his stellar 2002 season, Andrus was promoted to Battle Creek on May 26 after extended spring training. Just as Andrus was about to soar at Battle Creek, he suffered a minor setback when he broke his jaw and was forced to go on the DL on June 6. He rejoined the team on July 24 after he played five rehab games back in the Gulf Coast and picked up right where he left off before his stint on the disabled list.

Andrus had another solid season with Battle Creek, hitting .286 with 20 runs scored in 35 games. Next season, Andrus will likely get his chance to finally play a full season in the minors after a short Rookie League season and an injury shortened 2003 season. In all likelihood, he will start the season at Battle Creek with a possible promotion to Tampa or Trenton if he continues to develop into the star player that he has the ability to be.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2003

Battle Creek

.286

140

5

1

6

20

1

6

20

.315

.357

2003

GCL Yankees

.333

21

2

0

6

3

0

2

4

.400

.524

2002

GCL Yankees

.294

204

13

2

27

30

1

14

23

.351

.407


*Stats as of 9/7/03

Batting and Power. In his first two seasons in the Yankees organization, Andrus has shown very little power at the plate but you have to take into consideration that he is only 19 years old. Scouts do not predict that he will ever become a power hitter but do believe that his power numbers will improve to respectability. Andrus is a very good contact hitter that managers love to hit and run with and is also the reasoning behind him being perfect for the number two slot in the lineup. He is a career .293 hitter in the Yankee organization so scouts believe that if he can improve upon his power numbers as he matures and fills out. He could be a true threat out of the number two slot.

Base Running and Speed. When it comes to speed Andrus certainly has his fair share of it but at this point is not a very intelligent base runner. In 2003, his success rate for stealing bases was less than 50%. However, many think that this is nothing more than a result of youth and inexperience. Scouts do not believe that Andrus will ever be a great stolen base threat but they do expect him to swipe anywhere in a solid range of 10-15 a year.

Defense. Erold Andrus is a solid defender with a very strong throwing arm. He has decent range and only had 2 errors in the 2003 season. In his 2001 season in Venezuela he had 10 assists in only 57 games.

Projection. At this point, it is too early to tell if Andrus is nothing more than a reserve outfielder or a solid everyday player, but scouts think that with the proper development he could very easily be the latter of the two.

ETA. 2007. Andrus will likely play the 2004 season with Battle Creek with a possible move to Tampa.

Outfielders

2003 Team

Mike Vento

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
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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