Thursday, September 06, 2007
Two top international prospects – Oscar Tejada and Che-Hsuan Lin - were unimpressive last night against Vermont. Even though they are young for the NY-Penn League, (Tejada should be starting his senior year in high school) the duo was over matched by Cole Kimball and Alberto Tavarez. Lin struck out three times. He looked lost trying to hit the breaking ball. Tejada struck out three times and hit a weak pop up. He could not catch up to the heat.
One bad night should not diminish Tejada’s glowing scouting reports.
From Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus:
"Scouts don’t catch too much Gulf Coast League action. Every once in a while, an especially energetic scout will catch the afternoon games while covering the Florida State League, but it’s hard to get too many outside reviews on players in the complex league. I’ve only heard from a couple of scouts this year who saw any action there, and for each, it was the same name that was the first to be mentioned: Tejeda. Signed last year for more than half a million dollars, the 17-year-old shortstop hit .295/.344/.399 in 45 games for the GCL Red Sox and has stepped it up as one of the youngest players in the New York-Penn League, delivering seven hits and five RBIs over the weekend to up his averages to .391/.404/.543 for the Spinners. On a tools level, Tejeda has no weaknesses. He runs well, has bat speed, a frame for developing power, outstanding fielding skills for a player so young and a cannon for an arm."
From Baseball America:
A Scouting Director said "Tejada is Alfonso Soriano with better hands." "He has strong hands and his bat flies throught the hitting zone. He also has an aptitude for contact, so he may produce for both power and average." BA goes on to say that Tejada has a better glove but not a plus runner like Soriano. Tejada's arm is impressive rated as the best in the Sox system.
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