PP Scouting Report: OF, Bronson Sardinha

The Yankees drafted Sardinha with the thirty-fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2001 draft and signed him for $1 million, after he decided to go professional instead of attending Pepperdine like his two older brothers. A Kamehameha High School product from Honolulu, he was originally drafted as a shortstop but the organization didn't feel he had enough defensive talent to stick there so they moved him into the outfield. Scouts love his excellent work ethic.

Bronson Sardinha, 20, began the 2002 season with Greensboro, but made 33 errors in 64 games playing shortstop so they demoted him down to Staten Island and sent him to leftfield. He excelled, hitting .323 (40-for-124) in 36 games with 34 BB, 36 K, 4 HR, and 16 RBI. During 2003, he struggled while with Tampa (59 games), the Yankees Single-A Florida State League affiliate, managing just a .193 average in 213 ABs and averaged a SO every 4 AB. He ended the season in Battle Creek -- playing a total of 71 games with them -- and hit .275 with 8 HR, 41 RBI, 40 BB, and 40 K.

Growing up in a talented baseball family in Honolulu, he decided to go professional instead of the following the path of his two older brothers, Dane and Duke, who played at Pepperdine. The two are now in the Cincinnati and Colorado organizations. The Yankees like how he uses the entire field and feel he has good power-potential. He's still young and needs a few more full seasons in the minors before he should even consider thinking about the Bronx.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2003

Battle Creek

.275

269

16

8

41

54

5

40

40

.374

.424

2003

Tampa

.193

212

8

1

17

23

8

24

57

.279

.264

2002

Greensboro

.263

342

13

12

44

49

15

34

78

.334

.406

2002

Staten Island

.323

124

8

4

16

25

4

24

36

.433

.484

2001

GCL Yankees

.303

188

14

4

27

42

11

28

51

.398

.473


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Batting and Power. He possesses good patience and projects to be around a 20-25 HR player as he gets stronger while adding a lot of doubles. Has a natural swing, sprays the ball, and has the potential to hit for average. Needs to improve against lefties.

Base Running and Speed. Sardinha has worked tremendously hard to improve his speed and has developed into an above-average runner that could steal around 10-15 bases a season. He avoids mistakes and knows the game.

Defense. There's no doubt that he still needs some work in the outfield on reading balls, but has a very good arm that allows him to play either corner spot.

Projection. It appears Sardinah could be a starter on the major league level if he continues to show progress on hitting the ball over the fence. He's showed great improvement over the last few years. 2005 is the most likely scenario, at the earliest, starting at AA Trenton in 2004.

ETA. 2006.

Outfielders Team
Mitch Jones AA - Trenton Thunder
Kevin Reese AA - Trenton Thunder
Jason Grove 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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