Peter Hissey Scouting Report (2009)
An over slot signing in the 2008 draft, million dollar bonus baby Peter Hissey entered 2009 on par with fellow Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland. With about a month left to play, Hissey and his .251/.334/.307 line has been disappointing to say the least. Of the players I’ve had the opportunity to watch at length this season, Hissey’s lack of success may be the most surprising. Hissey was a solid all-around baseball player mature beyond his years.
Physique and Athleticism: At 6’1″, 180 lbs., Hissey is lean and athletic with room to fill out. At present, he lacked the strength to whip a wood bat through the zone. Hissey will never be a power hitter, but his athleticism and overall skill set leaves him with a ceiling of a two-hole hitter with plus defensive ability.
Offense: With an on base percentage nearly a point above his batting average, Hissey’s on base skills are already present. With an athletic, crouched stance and quiet load, Hissey worked deep counts almost every at bat. He showed average to plus bat control skills and attempted to drag bunt on multiple occasions. In using the entire field, I noticed he was more or less guiding the ball with his bat head and was lacking snap. With added strength and his learning to better incorporate his body, he could develop gap power, but I would doubt his power ceiling will ever be more than 10-12 home runs at best.
Defense: During the Greenville series, Hissey manned right field and showed the range and instincts for me to consider him a plus defender with the ability to play center field. From breaking beautifully on a ball to shallow right for a diving catch, or coming up with a strong, accurate throw to keep runners from advancing, Hissey showed himself to be one of the top three to five defenders I have seen this season.
Speed: With fifteen stolen bases in twenty attempts, Hissey possesses above average speed and instincts on the basepaths and is able to take an extra base when the opportunity presents itself. While not a burner, he should remain a double digit plus stolen base threat for the forseeable future.
A very good all-around baseball player, Hissey has the potential to be an integral piece on a winning team. And while the numbers aren’t impressive now, as Hissey adds strength and continues to mature at the plate, I suspect his offensive numbers will increase significantly. Additionally, what doesn’t show up in the box score are the runs Hissey saves with his glove. An average hitter and plus defender has the ability to be a top eight player at his respective position. Want proof? Ask Randy Winn!
23 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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