caught looking

a blog about the philadelphia phillies. not to be confused, exactly, with "caught looking" the debut album by independent/unsigned/unheard of singer/songwriter greg roth, who is, coincidently, yours truly.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Tomorrow Can't Come Soon Enough

One big reason the major league club continues to fritter about with their third base situation is plus-prospect Mike Costanzo, the Phils' top pick in the 2005 draft. Costanzo is the answer to the dryspell at the hot corner since Scott Rolen left town and the franchise is more than willing to fast track him, thinking he will be the franchise's next Mike Schmidt, as opposed to the next Rick Schu.

Costanzo made his pro debut last season at short-season Batavia. He got off to a slow start, but finished hitting .330 during the final month. He wound up batting .274, with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 73 games.

However, he wasn’t happy with his overall performance. He committed 21 errors and led the New York-Penn League in strikeouts with 89.

At 6-3, 215lbs, the 22-year-old has got nice size and power for both the hot corner and the middle of the lineup, most likely Pat Burrell's spot in 2-3 years. More than that, Coatanzo is the Anti-Burrell a Philly native with the fire of Pete Rose as opposed to the laisse-faire attitude of a west coast prickly pair.

But time will tell. Coatanzo is still slated to start off in high single A ball.


At 2:53 PM, Blogger Pawnking said...

I was going to post that a 22 year-old in the low minors isn't anything to get excited about, but then I actually did research on the NYPL. Here's an article from BP on the NYPL, seeming to indicate it's a pitchers' league.

Furthermore, here's the league averages over the past 5 years:

2001-05 NYPL .250 .325 .358 .108

Compare that to our good Mr. Costanzo:

.274 .356 .473 .199

For a third baseman, that's pretty good. Also, consider the fact that many college batters have trouble with wooden bats, which might explain his slow start.

While we will need to see if this hitting (especially the promising power) translates into the higher levels, it's a very, very encouraging start.

Can I get dibs on a nickname? How about George?

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm.Ted Williams was from San Diego. Was he laissez faire? Does Costanzo have talent? These personality breakdowns are a waste of time.

At 11:20 AM, Blogger gr said...

actually dude, no they're not. it takes a certain mentality to play in a city like philadelphia, which is quite provincial and specific in it's taste. take that for what it is, but i'm not sure anyone would dispute that. these aren't hard and fast rules -- utley and rowand are both from california and neither are "laissez faire" -- but to ignore them does a disservice.


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