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Top Prospect Alert - Angel Berroa

By Robert Sherry

Angel Berroa: With the Athletics major league club being set at shortstop for years with Miguel Tejada, and the system still having the like of Freddie Bynum in the low minors, the organization was able to part with the like of Berroa when basically all other teams would have someone of his talent labeled as "their shortstop of the future." The Royals are now lucky owners of this promising player.

At 6-foot and 175 pounds, this 20-year-old has been one of the best players that the A's have had in the low minors over the last couple of seasons. He spent 2000 at Single-A Visalia, posting a .277 average, 10 home runs, 63 runs batted in, 25 doubles, 6 triples, 61 runs scored, 30 walks, 70 strikeouts, and 11 steals in 429 at-bats. Even with the low walk number, for someone his age, Berroa has done well at putting the ball in play, has shown good speed, and finally a bat that could produce double digit homers consistently. His worst number last year was a huge error total (54), but Berroa might end up better in the field than at the plate. He has the range and arm to make all the plays and more that you would want from that position. Like most young shortstops, he just needs to learn when to hold onto the ball instead of trying to get the out on every ball hit at him.

Berroa was blocked by both Tejada and Ortiz set to be starters for years in the Oakland infield so getting moved to a team K.C. should give him that chance to compete to be an everyday starter in a couple of years. Right now, I feel that Berroa has a higher upside than anyone currently playing shortstop for the Royals, either at the major or minor league level.


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