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Radar Report: Jonathan Meyer

I like this dude. I really do. As he hit his 8th homer just a few days ago, he came onto my radar. And as I was trying to make comparisons when I was looking at his minor league stats, I immediately thought of Danny Espinosa. A lot of people here want to snatch Espinosa away from the Nationals, but that's not gonna happen. But we might have an Espinosa in our system as Jonathan Meyer. How do the two compare? Let's use statistics from A+ Ball, and simulate the season so that the statistics for Meyer will correspond with the same number of plate appearances as Espinosa during his A+ season in 2009.

 

Plate App.

Average

Hits

2B / 3B

HR

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

OPS

SB / CS

GDP

Meyer

576 (Simulated)       .258    133   22 / 0    14.6    49.3   135.3    .322    .385    .707 1.8 / 5.5     9.1

Espinosa

576       .264    125   31 / 4     18     74    129    .375    .460    .834  29 / 11      8

As we can see, they're pretty much similar, except Espinosa had more extra-base hits during his A+ season and stole more bases. Since Meyer is hitting in Lancaster, one wonders if his stats are as legit as they say they are. But his bat was projected to hit for power when he was drafted and maybe he is finally coming around this year. I don't know, I'm not a scout. Meyer is also playing A+ 2 years younger than Espinosa did, so he has time to prove himself.

One thing that stands out is that Espinosa switch hits, while Meyer doesn't. Meyer did, however, try to switch hit during his senior year in high school, but scouts believed he should only hit right handed. Another difference is that Espinosa is a 2B / SS while Meyer plays 3B. Meyer has a really good arm, but has 11 errors this year at 3rd base. He's not exactly a polished defender, but is a lot better than he was last year with a .942 fielding percentage. Since he is a 3rd Baseman, he really needs his bat to come around to be able to man that position at the major league level. But if he hits for lots of clutch power like Espinosa has this year, he could be a really valuable 3rd Baseman even if his average suffers. 

If you want to read more, this is a piece OremLK wrote last year: http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2010/5/4/1455251/astros-prospect-profile-jonathan

Anybody else feel the same way? Thoughts, opinions, criticism? Fire away. I wanna hear it.

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