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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Scouting Report Position by Position- Nick Evans

Nick Evans - #6

24 years old
3rd major league season
6'3" 210 pounds
Bats R/Throws R

The Good: In the minors, Evans has crushed left-handed pitching, sporting a .303/.380/.554 line against them. Was very unlucky last year with a very low BAPIP (.233 when it's normally around .300), while everything else (walk rate, strikeout rate and isolated power) all remained the same. Has hit around 15 home runs each of the past few years in approximately 400 at bats.

The Bad: Must have pissed off Jerry Manuel because he was called up 2x last year, yet only got 69 at bats, and was sitting on the bench in August/September watching Cory Sullivan and Jeremy Reed play (neither of whom have any upside and neither of whom are still with the organization). Fringe defender in the outfield, fair at 1B.

Role: Evans got sent down to AAA this week and barring an injury/Jerry Manuel being fired, he probably will stay there for a while. Could be an effective part in a platoon at 1B now/in the future.

One other note: When I was down at Spring Training and the outfielders were taking BP, everyone was talking and joking around, but Nick Evans was by himself and not interacting with anyone. Maybe he was having a bad day (as we all do every once in a while), but that was striking to me at the time and I still remember it.

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