Friday, December 7, 2007

Introducing Matt Mangini

This offseason has been slower than any fan would like. You can rest assured knowing that Bavasi hasn't traded away any of our star players for non-tender candidates, or signed any overrated free agents to the biggest contract in Mariners history. Maybe he should, though. At least I'd have something legitimate and relevant to write about!

What can I do on slow, newsless nights like this one? I could take a break, I suppose, and just wait for some actual news, but where's the fun in that? You're reading this because you're bored out of your mind and haven't found a proper way to take care of that Mariners craving you get. I'm not going to let you down! I'm going to get you your fix! Tonight I'll give a brief introduction to one of Seattle's newest prospects, and a highly touted one at that.

Matt Mangini, 3B
6'4" - 220 lbs
22 years old by Spring Training

Mangini was taken by the Seattle Mariners with the 52nd overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Oklahoma State. He was a compensatory pick for the Seattle loss of starter Gil Meche to the Kansas City Royals via free agency. The Mariners are very high on this kid, and some expect him to take over the hot corner after Adrian Beltre's contract is up after the 2009 season.

Most scouts are adamant that the left handed hitting Mangini should develop some extreme power later in his career, though he hasn't shown it yet. If this is true, then Bavasi made a really nice pick. The Mariners have always coveted a lefty power hitter since the departure of Ken Griffey, mostly because lefty power hitters are the only ones (besides pitchers) to take advantage of Safeco Field's dimensions. If Mangini can develop some power over the next season or two, the Mariners may have finally found Griffey's replacement.

Defensively, Mangini is said to have an above average arm and is fairly agile for a big guy. His worst enemy is the bunt, but that is something he can improve on. He's no Adrian Beltre in the field, more of a Troy Glaus type. He could be destined for first or DH later in his career.

ETA: September 2009. Possibly starting in '10.

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1 comment:

Dustin said...

I think you should consider rewording "Griffey's replacement". That really hurt to read.