Tuesday, February 27, 2007



Eugenio Velez , went 1 for 2 with a single and a K. This guy slipped under my radar....I was reading about him today during the game. He is a 24 year old switch hitting infielder who hit .318 with 29 doubles, 20 triples, 14 HR and 90 RBI for the low A Augusta Greenjackets last year. And if that wasn't good enough, he stole 64 bases in 126 games. I gotta keep my eye on this kid.

9 comments:

DrBGiantsfan said...

A bit old for low A ball, but very impressive numbers. If he could make a successful jump to AA, he would definitely be a prospect. If he goes to San Jose, he would combine with Emmanuel Burriss and Antoan Richardson to form one of the best basestealing triumvirates in the minors.

The Giants have been intentionally drafting and signing players for speed. Maybe the fastest organization is baseball right now. We'll see if it ever pays off at the major league level.

phil said...

Velez was also the MiLB.com Class A offensive Player of the year, MVP of the SAL and Topps SAL Player of the Year.

Also Ben Copeland and Mike Mooney stolen nearly 40 bases each. But let me just add that Copeland was caught 21 times.

Burriss reminds me of Julio Lugo

allfrank said...

Was this kid drafted, or is he the kid we picked up in the minor league rule 5 draft?

phil said...

rule 5 from Toronto

Anonymous said...

rule 5 from the Blue Jays. He did nothing his entire career until last year.

phil said...

yup, His whole career all of his stats across the board where very lackluster. His great year is probably due to him being 24 years old in low A and maybe making proper adjustments and working his butt off. But, he will be an interesting prospect to watch this year.

Anonymous said...

I agree with drbgiantsfan, if he can make it in AA this year he's going to pop up on a lot of prospect radar screens. Velez said his breakout season had to do with his coaches allowing him to play to his strengths; giving him the green light on the basepaths and letting him swing away at the plate.

Giantfan9 said...

When I first saw him in camp, I thought he was another Minor League free agent. Never heard the name before. I feel better then if last year in low A was his only good year so far.

I used to have a mind like a steel trap.......now the trap is getting a bit rusty. It's good to know that it wasn't my memory failing......this time anyway.

El Person said...

I first found out about him during the SAL playoffs last year. Whenever an affiliate goes to the playoffs, I read about him, and Velez did too well to ignore.