After a monster season in the California League, Zach Borenstein is suddenly on everyone's prospect radar. The question now is can he stay there?
Position: OF Highest Level: Advanced-A
Bats: L Throws: R Height: 6'0" Weight: 205
Age: 23 Born: 7/23/1990
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
Advanced-A: 465 PA, .337 AVG, .403 OBP, .631 SLG, 22 2B, 7 3B, 28 HR, 95 RBI, 88 SO, 5 SB, 5 CS, .366 BABIP, .436 wOBA, 163 wRC+
AFL: 56 PA, .136 AVG, .321 OBP, .227 SLG, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 9 SO, 0 SB, 3 CS, .147 BABIP, .289 wOBA, 68 wRC+
Contact = B
Borenstein is especially effective at making contact with pitches middle-in and certainly doesn’t get cheated on them. He has the build and strength to turn on pitches on the inner half and drive them 400+ feet. He does tend to get a bit long on pitches on the outer half, but this isn’t anything he couldn’t work on.
Power = B+
Zach’s calling card as a prospect right now is his ability to drive the ball with authority. One look at his thick legs and python arms and you’d definitely see why. He comes up to the plate with the idea that he’s going to hit the ball as far as he can and in the Cal League environment, this approach was very effective.
Discipline = C+
Again, Borenstein was quite vulnerable on pitches on the outer –half of the plate and would chase. It is important to note however that Borenstein posted an impressive K/BB ratio in the Arizona Fall League. While his performance was certainly a disappointment against the game’s elite prospects, he did show a level of refinement that should transfer to the higher levels.
Speed = C
Borenstein is heavy footed and not the greatest base-runner, but he makes up for this in leg strength and game intelligence. He’s an average base-runner right now but in the future I’d expect this grade to be below average.