With elite speed and a slick glove, Eric Stamets is hoping to make himself the Angels shortstop of the future, but will his bat hold up enough to make that happen?
Position: SS Highest Level: Advanced-A
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'0" Weight: 185
Age: 22 Born: 9/25/1991
2013 Rank: #11
2013 Season Stats
Advanced-A: 571 PA, .281 AVG, .335 OBP, .375 SLG, 28 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 53 RBI, 66 SO, 16 SB, 4 CS, .315 BABIP, .321 wOBA, 90 wRC+
Contact = B+
Stamets is sometimes characterized as a slap hitter in the same way Erick Aybar is and that assessment isn’t completely inaccurate. Stamets’ main tool for reaching base is his speed and as long as he’s putting the ball in play, his legs can make him dangerous.
Power = F
It’s not there so don’t bother.
Discipline = C+
This is a hard one to peg on Stamets. Does he walk very often? No, in fact he’d be a much more dangerous player if he did. But will you see him making a lot of silly swings at pitches outside of the zone? No. So in this sense he has slightly above average plate discipline, though as the organizational philosophy shifts, you’d hope to see Stamets become a poster-child and increase his walk-rate.
Speed = A
Eric Stamets is bar-none, the fastest player in the Angels organization not named Mike Trout. He blazes down the line, makes excellent cuts around the bases and can really move, even for a middle infielder.