The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a sweet fielding speedster with some questions to answer in the batter's box.
Position: SS Highest Level: Low-A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'0" Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 9/25/91
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 267 PA, .274 AVG, .323 OBP, .347 SLG, 13 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 35 SO, 7 SB, 2 CS, .321 BABIP
Contact – B+. Stamets has a short swing designed for putting the ball into play in the middle of the field. There isn’t a ton of leverage involved, but he’s perfectly capable of spraying line drives to all fields and is rarely fooled by change-ups or well placed heaters.
Power – F. Don’t bother, there isn’t any power here. It isn’t his game.
Discipline – C+. Stamets is fine at working the count. Being the leadoff type that he is, he harnesses the inner David Eckstein and can be quite pesky at the plate and isn’t an easy out. However, what brings this grade down is what I saw in his brief stint in Cedar Rapids, which was his inability to make contact with breaking pitches in no-strike or one-strike counts. This leads me to believe he was either guessing, or was unable to easily recognize advanced breaking pitches.
Speed – A. Stamets is the fastest runner in the system going from home to first and has out of this world range at shortstop. It’s hard to imagine a shortstop having considerably more range than Erick Aybar who is Gold Glove caliber at the position. But watching Stamets, the difference between him and anyone else at the position is obvious. He puts all others at his level to shame and is major league ready.
Arm – A. A fantastic arm that works on anything from slow rollers to throws from shallow left field. He has a rather quick release too.
Performance – B. Not bad at all. He was relatively unknown in college but put together an impressive performance in the Cape Cod League, where the Angels first scouted him and fell in love with his glove and speed. Upon signing, they didn’t bother sending him to Rookie Ball, he went straight to class A Cedar Rapids and held his own at the plate and in the field.
Projection – B-. Stamets will be a major leaguer someday. You can’t be as good as he is defensively and not make the major leagues. Just look at Brendan Ryan and the Angels own Andrew Romine. The question here is, “will he hit enough to be a regular?” And that’s a valid question. No one is sure. I know he makes solid contact, can beat out infield grounders and steal basis, but can he reach base often enough to be the Angels future starting shortstop? We’ll see.
Estimated MLB Arrival Date – 2015/2016.
(*As always, the above scouting report is provided by Scotty Allen of LA Angels Insider)no comments