Sunday, February 25, 2007

Brewer Breakdown - Right Field

With Geoff Jenkins moving back to LF, Corey Hart will be the everyday RF for your Milwaukee Brewers. Hart is yet another in the long line of young Brewer farmhands with big time potential. Gabe Gross will probably spot Hart 20 times or so this season.
2006 stats: .283, 9 HRs, 33 RBI, 5 SB

The Good: Hart has done nothing but produce at every level, garnering Southern League (AA) MVP honors a couple of years ago. He’s often been overshadowed by Weeks and Fielder every step of the way despite being more productive and consistent. The Richie Sexson-clone has the make of a very good MLB player. He looked solid last year hitting a very respectable .283…especially considering it was his first extended look in the bigs. Corey is a good athlete who has decent wheels for a sloth.

The Bad: Like most tall, young home run hitters, Hart strikes out often. Projected over a full year, Cory would have easily struck out over 100 times. His outfield defense needs a little work. LF is usually where your strongest arm is and Hart’s is average at best. He’s jumped from 1B to 3B to RF to LF throughout his minor league career, so he’s LF experience is limited.

2007 Prediction: .271, 21 bombs, 81 RBIs.

Grade: B-. In my opinion, Hart's grade will rise as he's on his way to a very good major league career with the potential for multiple 95+ RBI seasons.

1 comment:

Brad Chopp said...

I swear I wrote this post BEFORE reading Tom Haudricourt's JSOnline post about Hart...they are strikingly similar Hey, maybe that means I could be a MLB beat writer? Yeah right.