Re: Where is the optimism for Kalish? Here is some.
posted at 12/23/2011 5:59 AM EST
In Response to Re: Where is the optimism for Kalish? Here is some.
[QUOTE]I'm a very optimistic person but, realistically, he's just another prospect isn't he? 24 before the season starts so not that young, 256 PAs in AAA & 179 in MLB and in neither was his performance excellent. I wish him well, and hope he becomes a good player for us.
Posted by SonicsMonksLyresVicars[/QUOTE]
Kalish is an athletic kid that has, as he's accended up the ranks, competed against more mature players by design. Meaning that he's faced more advanced pitching. Last season was lost due to injuring his shoulder, so you can throw out his numbers from Pawtucket last year based on the sample size. However, If you take the entirety of his minor league career and look at his numbers projected over an 150 game season he's been a very productive hitter. Scouting Report: Excellent athlete with a solid build, good bat speed, and lots of quickness. Plays the game at full tilt. The organization has worked with Kalish on his plate patience, and over time he has come to demonstrate an excellent approach at the plate. Average to above-average present power, has potential to add more. Makes solid contact and hits to all fields. Above-average speed. Steals a lot of bases due to his quick acceleration and high intelligence on the basepaths. In the field, he has a reliable glove, excellent range, an average arm, and average accuracy. Tough competitor with a mature demeanor. Kalish tends to be a very popular player with coaches, teammates, and fans. Plays all three outfield positions. Likely projects as a corner outfielder at the major league level, but should be able to cover spot duty in center field. Missed part of 2007 season with a wrist injury that lingered throughout the 2008 season.
A few keys...
*He was drafted out of HS
*Learn to hit the Red Sox way...meaning command of the strike zone.
*His command of the strike zone suggest that he can continue to improve.
*In his minor career his K/W ratio is 1.5 (Which is pretty good)...
*His career on base % is about 80 points higher than his batting average.
*He's an above average base runner with 40 steal ability (87% success rate)
*With his speed, can score from 1st on a double...
*His athleticism and toughness make him an outstanding defensive player.
*Can play both CF and RF (though he doesn't have a cannon)...
That said, Kalish still has much to prove at the big league level, If given the opportunity to play every day, has the ability, based on his plate disipline to continue to improve. While he may never be a 900 plus ops guy with 30 homers. He could be a very tough out, once on base, with his speed, can put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses. Which benefits the guy hitting behind him...