Herrera was signed out of Venezuela as a 16-year old, and he has steadily developed into an elite prospect for the Athletics with a ceiling that could be higher than Barton’s. He is a true five-tool prospect whose best tools are his arm and his power. After sitting out the first 15 games of the season for a performance-enhancing drugs suspension earned during the 2004 season, Herrera started slowly but finished with a .275 average and 13 home runs in 360 at-bats. While he struck out 110 times, Herrera drew a respectable 47 walks and added 18 doubles; offensively, he profiles as an ideal No. 4 or No. 5 hitter. He is still raw defensively, but once he improves his routes, he will be an above average centerfielder. ETA: 2008
David Regan: Roto America -
Has the highest ceiling of any player in the A’s system ... Got off to a slow start before recovering and flashing his considerable five-tool ability. He’s got tremendous raw power, can run, hit, and he has a great arm. Weakness wise, he could stand to improve his routes in the OF on fly balls, and at the plate he can be over-aggressive, although his walk totals are certainly more than acceptable. The A’s would love to see him stay in CF and eventually take over for Mark Kotsay. He’ll need a couple years in the minors to refine his skills, but once it all comes together, he could be a Carlos Beltran type."
Estos articulos son de publicación del mes de noviembre del 2005