Michael Almanzar Scouting Report (2010)
Boston Red Sox third base prospect Michael Almanzar struggled mightily through his first 700 or so at bats in the South Atlantic League. Then last August, something seamed to click. Over the final month plus of the 2010 season, Almanzar batted .301 with five home runs (half of his full season total). Is this a sign of things to come for the 20-year old? In scouting Almanzar a little earlier in the season, I noticed little growth from the prospect I saw in 2009.
- Body language comes off as lackadaisical at times
- Listed height/weight of 6-foot-3, 190 pounds looked about right
- Still very long and lean; Less athletic than his body type would indicate
- Room to add additional size; May not be an easy task due to body type
- Explosive hands; Still has plenty of power projection
- Long load & swing; Needs to shorten his considerably to take advantage of his hands
- Too much extra movement pre-pitch; Pull hand-heavy swing
- Impatient hitter; Swung at anything within arm’s length of home plate
- Steady diet of breaking balls gave him fits
- Fringe average arm in the field; Long release
- Good reflexes; Minimal range in the field; Step-and-a-dive guy
- Profiles best at 1B, but 3B not out of the question…yet
- Slow runner; Probably base-clogger at physical maturity
Michael Almanzar: 2011 And Beyond
Michael Almanzar’s struggles are a bit reminiscent of those faced by Oscar Tejeda prior to his 2010 breakout campaign. They are different types of players, but both had long swings and loads which made their mechanics difficult to repeat. In Tejeda’s case, he made adjustments which allowed him to tap into his tools. Hopefully Michael Almanzar will learn from Tejeda’s development and emulate that. At 20, he still has plenty of time to regain his status as a prospect with helium in the organization. However, Almanzar is unlikely to surpass double-A without considerable refinement.
17 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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