Unfortunately, this player was hurt the other day and will be missing the next month or so, but hopefully he can get healthy and back on track, because he’s a very interesting prospect:
15. Greg Halman
Position: OF | Hits: R Throws: R
DOB: 8/26/1987 | HT: 6’4″ WT: 200 LB
Notes: It feels like it’s been forever since Halman turned up in the Arizona rookie league in as a seventeen year old and grabbed the attention of scouts nad analysts, but that was actually just six years ago. He’s had an up-and-down career since then, but he’s finally knocking on the door to the majors, and still has plenty of talent to dream on.
Halman’s primary and most recognizable tool is his ability to hit for power. He can hit the ball out to any field in any stadium. He’s hit the ball out over the tall wall 425 feet away in center field in Cheney Stadium at least twice, which is not an easy thing to do at all. He’s also hit balls high off multiple light towers at the field, another difficult task.
Holding that power back, however, is a hit tool that lags well behind it thanks to a long swing and mediocre, at best, pitch recognition and plate discipline. Halman struggles with the strike zone and good pitches, and has been left looking foolish after a swing more times than anyone can count. He’s made improvements, especially over the last year, but if anything will hold Halman back from success in his career, it’s that.
Halman does have other positive attributes, however. He’s a good defender in the outfield, although he’s better in the corners than in center, where he’s been used the most often in the minors because of his athleticism. Halman’s reads and routes on the ball just don’t translate as well in center. Fortunately, he has an arm that’s more than sufficient to make any throw needed in right field, and it’s one of the best in a system that has several special ones.
Halman is running out of time to prove that he’s ready, however, as he is in his final option year after being added to the 40-man roster before the 2009 season. Still, he’s just 23 years old and has room to grow, so don’t be surprised if the Mariners find a way to give him more time. Guys with his swing and approach don’t have a great track record in the majors, but it’s tough not to hope that someone with his power can find success.
2011 Outlook: Should spend most of the season in Tacoma, might get a call to Seattle if an OF is needed after he’s healthy and hitting again.
Major League ETA: Late 2011/early 2012