AAA Position Prospect Review

The Columbus Clippers compiled a 76-68 record in 2003 with some very steady performances from their hitters. This article will review the hitting prospects that played for the Clippers and did not amass a minimum of 100 at-bats for the Yankees. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Bubba Crosby – OF

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AAA

Columbus

.302

.366

.460

.090

26.3

63

AAA

Las Vegas

.361

.410

.635

.090

44.0

277



Bubba Crosby was acquired by the Yankees in a deal that sent Robin Ventura to the Dodgers. In limited AB's he posted both a high AVG and SLG%, making him a valuable asset if Kenny Lofton goes down this season. His peripheral numbers for the Dodgers' AAA team were phenomenal! Take a look at the XBH percentage and all the other numbers and you can see the Yankees got themselves a decent player.

Michael Hernandez – C

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AAA

Columbus

.280

.367

.372

.131

22.8

282



Michel Hernandez had a solid 2003 season, but plays the same position as Jorge Posada. His numbers were solid across the board and actually walked more times than he struck out.

Andy Phillips – INF

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AAA

Columbus

.209

.264

.358

0.07

42.9

67



Andy Phillips didn't do much hitting for the Clippers in 2003. His average, walks, OBP% was way down, but in a very limited number of AB's, Phillips should serve as a utility infielder in 2004. He should regain his form with another year at AAA Columbus.

John Rodriguez – OF

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AAA

Columbus

.263

.333

.448

0.10

34.4

232



John Rodriguez is a back-up outfielder that put up pedestrian numbers in 2003. The Yankees have a glut of outfielders at the major league level, and throughout the organization. It would be surprising if Rodriguez ever saw Yankee stadium as a player, but will return to the Clippers in 2004.

Nate Rolison – 1B

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AAA

Columbus

.247

.330

.426

0.12

36.8

385



Nate Rolison is big but doesn't make a lot of contact. He can hit for power at the expense of average and OBP%. He should share time with Fernando Seguignol, and maybe Aaron Rifkin, at first base in the upcoming 2004 season.

Mike Vento – OF

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

AAA

Columbus

.304

.363

.473

0.08

35.7

184

AA

Trenton

.303

.354

.468

0.07

32.6

314



Mike Vento has been an all around good player. Although he doesn't look to fit into the Yankees plans anytime soon, he can hit for average, and added a lot of extra base hits, leading to a high OBP%. He was very consistent in his production between Columbus and Trenton. Look for his numbers to increase in the 2004 season.

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