Scouting Report: OF, Taylor Grote

The Yankees drafted outfielder Taylor Grote in the eighth round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of The Woodlands High School in Texas. His progress has been more slow than steady since that time and despite posting pedestrian numbers to date, some inside the organization feel he is close to figuring things out.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Taylor Grote
Position: Outfield
DOB: December 5, 1988
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

"The numbers obviously weren't there for the goals I was expecting," Grote said of his 2009 season. "I started out real good. I don't even know, I think I had like 18 doubles in the first five weeks or something like that.

"I was having a lot of hard outs and my strikeouts were down. I was doing all the things that I carried over from Spring Training. I had a lot of confidence going into the season and I carried it through, but then I don't know what happened. I guess I got away from my approach."

Statistically it wasn't a great overall season for him, but he did manage to club twelve doubles and three home runs through the first two months of the season. As with most youngsters in their first taste of the long-season leagues, he knows he grew up a lot.

"The numbers weren't where I wanted them but I learned a lot," he said. "I learned a lot about the game and all of the things that I had been hearing for a year and half at that point – things coordinator said or older players said – being young you're like ‘yeah, yeah' and you don't' really believe it, but I think a lot of those things came true for me.

"I think last year I really started to believe all of the things they would tell you about approach and the everyday grind. I think I got a ton out of last year compared to my first year."

While he's not really known for possessing great tools, his coaches like the overall game and his manager in particular sees the progress coming along.

"He grew up," Charleston manager Torre Tyson said. "He took bigger strides than anyone on the team [last] year. The offensive numbers don't show it but he put together a lot more quality of a second-half. He hit the ball much harder on a much more consistent basis in the second-half. He just had some bad luck.

"All-around this kid just grew up a lot. He improved in all of those little parts of the game and he's going to surprise some people and steal some bases as well. He was very eager how to learn to do some things that maybe you didn't think he was possible of."

Employing a solid opposite field approach when he's going right, his biggest bugaboo to date has been his rather high strikeout totals. Grote firmly believes he and his hitting coaches began correcting some problems in that area during the Instructional League this offseason and he's eager to prove his ho-hum numbers are a thing of the past.

"I feel like I have a lot of talent that I'm just now scratching the surface on," Grote opined. "I've been really working hard. I don't see any reason whatsoever that I couldn't be an everyday player in the big leagues someday.

"I've always been a confident guy. You just never know in this game. I'm excited about this upcoming year."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2009 Charleston .232 418 22 4 42 54 8 48 139 .311 .313
2008 Staten Island .223 188 6 3 20 23 2 24 73 .310 .314
2007 GCL Yankees .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .000


Batting and Power. His .229 career average to date belies his overall hitting ability. A naturally patient hitter, his biggest problem has been taking a few too many pitches earlier in the count and then having to fight his way back into a hitter's count. It's one of the main reasons for his rather high strikeout totals [212 in 607 career at-bats]. By his own admission though, he also misses too frequently when he does get his pitch to hit. He does hit the ball hard but he lacks natural loft in his swing, relegating him to more of a gap hitter at the current time.

Base Running and Speed. Like with most of his tools, his speed is just average. He makes up for it with natural athleticism though and he is just now learning the nuances of the running game. Once he gets on-base more consistently, he has some double-digit stolen base seasons in him.

Defense. Grote has solid defensive tools that allow him man all three outfield positions if called upon, but his arm is more on the average side and so is his range. Because of that, and his great hustle, he profiles best as a left fielder.

Projection. With his lack of statistical success thus far despite having a solid offensive approach, his all-out hustle, and with all of his tools grading out as average, the comparisons to current Yankee farmhand Colin Curtis are a bit uncanny. His ability to play all three outfield positions will keep him in a possible future big league mix someday and he offers the organization a Brandon Moss-like upside. Like Moss, Grote has the potential to be a good gap hitter who can do a lot of things to help a team win. He best projects as a reserve outfielder for a large market team like the Yankees, but does offer some upside as a potential starting outfielder on a smaller market team. Cutting down on his strikeouts will be his biggest obstacle in tapping his potential.

ETA. 2013. One of the more impressive hitters during Instructs, he will most likely begin the 2010 season in Tampa and remain on his one level per year track.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Taylor Grote
\r\nPosition: Outfield
\r\nDOB: December 5, 1988
\r\nHeight: 6'2\"
\r\nWeight: 195
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\n\"The numbers obviously weren't there for the goals I was expecting,\" Grote said of his 2009 season. \"I started out real good. I don't even know, I think I had like 18 doubles in the first five weeks or something like that.
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\r\n\"I was having a lot of hard outs and my strikeouts were down. I was doing all the things that I carried over from Spring Training. I had a lot of confidence going into the season and I carried it through, but then I don't know what happened. I guess I got away from my approach.\"
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\r\nStatistically it wasn't a great overall season for him, but he did manage to club twelve doubles and three home runs through the first two months of the season. As with most youngsters in their first taste of the long-season leagues, he knows he grew up a lot.
\r\n
\r\n\"The numbers weren't where I wanted them but I learned a lot,\" he said. \"I learned a lot about the game and all of the things that I had been hearing for a year and half at that point – things coordinator said or older players said – being young you're like ‘yeah, yeah' and you don't' really believe it, but I think a lot of those things came true for me.
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\r\n\"I think last year I really started to believe all of the things they would tell you about approach and the everyday grind. I think I got a ton out of last year compared to my first year.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile he's not really known for possessing great tools, his coaches like the overall game and his manager in particular sees the progress coming along.
\r\n
\r\n\"He grew up,\" Charleston manager Torre Tyson said. \"He took bigger strides than anyone on the team [last] year. The offensive numbers don't show it but he put together a lot more quality of a second-half. He hit the ball much harder on a much more consistent basis in the second-half. He just had some bad luck.
\r\n
\r\n\"All-around this kid just grew up a lot. He improved in all of those little parts of the game and he's going to surprise some people and steal some bases as well. He was very eager how to learn to do some things that maybe you didn't think he was possible of.\"
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\r\nEmploying a solid opposite field approach when he's going right, his biggest bugaboo to date has been his rather high strikeout totals. Grote firmly believes he and his hitting coaches began correcting some problems in that area during the Instructional League this offseason and he's eager to prove his ho-hum numbers are a thing of the past.
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\r\n\"I feel like I have a lot of talent that I'm just now scratching the surface on,\" Grote opined. \"I've been really working hard. I don't see any reason whatsoever that I couldn't be an everyday player in the big leagues someday.
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\r\n\"I've always been a confident guy. You just never know in this game. I'm excited about this upcoming year.\"
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SLG

\r\n 2009\r\n Charleston\r\n .232\r\n 418\r\n 22\r\n 4\r\n 42\r\n 54\r\n 8\r\n 48\r\n 139\r\n .311\r\n .313
\r\n 2008\r\n Staten Island\r\n .223\r\n 188\r\n 6\r\n 3\r\n 20\r\n 23\r\n 2\r\n 24\r\n 73\r\n .310\r\n .314
\r\n 2007\r\n GCL Yankees\r\n .000\r\n 1\r\n 0\r\n 0\r\n 0\r\n 0\r\n 0\r\n 1\r\n 0\r\n .500\r\n .000

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\r\nBatting and Power. His .229 career average to date belies his overall hitting ability. A naturally patient hitter, his biggest problem has been taking a few too many pitches earlier in the count and then having to fight his way back into a hitter's count. It's one of the main reasons for his rather high strikeout totals [212 in 607 career at-bats]. By his own admission though, he also misses too frequently when he does get his pitch to hit. He does hit the ball hard but he lacks natural loft in his swing, relegating him to more of a gap hitter at the current time.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. Like with most of his tools, his speed is just average. He makes up for it with natural athleticism though and he is just now learning the nuances of the running game. Once he gets on-base more consistently, he has some double-digit stolen base seasons in him.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Grote has solid defensive tools that allow him man all three outfield positions if called upon, but his arm is more on the average side and so is his range. Because of that, and his great hustle, he profiles best as a left fielder.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. With his lack of statistical success thus far despite having a solid offensive approach, his all-out hustle, and with all of his tools grading out as average, the comparisons to current Yankee farmhand Colin Curtis are a bit uncanny. His ability to play all three outfield positions will keep him in a possible future big league mix someday and he offers the organization a Brandon Moss-like upside. Like Moss, Grote has the potential to be a good gap hitter who can do a lot of things to help a team win. He best projects as a reserve outfielder for a large market team like the Yankees, but does offer some upside as a potential starting outfielder on a smaller market team. Cutting down on his strikeouts will be his biggest obstacle in tapping his potential.
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\r\nETA. 2013. One of the more impressive hitters during Instructs, he will most likely begin the 2010 season in Tampa and remain on his one level per year track.
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