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Top Prospect Alert - Ben Petrick

By Robert Sherry

Ben Petrick: The Rockies second round selection in the 1995 draft saw his most time in the majors this season after receiving a September call-up in 1999. In all, he batted .322 with 3 home runs, 20 runs batted in, 10 doubles, one triple, 32 runs scored, 20 walks, and 33 strikeouts 146 at-bats. Before his call-up to Colorado, Petrick hit .315 in 248 at-bats at Colorado Springs. He only had one steal in the majors, but has the speed to steal 20+ per season.

At 6-foot and 205 pounds, Petrick is one of the most athletic catchers in baseball. His defense needs continued improvement, but his offense is ready to take over the daily grind in the majors. He has a strong arm and was even a high school quarterback, but needs work on using it to handle potential baserunners. With his athletic ability, eventually Petrick could be moved to another position if a big catching prospect comes along (a la Craig Biggio moving to second).

At the plate, Petrick won't be a 40 homer type, but he could be a solid .300+, 20/20 type of hitter. Current teammate Jeff Cirrillo's numbers could be in line with what Petrick could do offensively.

Along with Juan Pierre, the Rockies seem to have two more promising youngsters to add to Helton and Perez. The number one catch spot could be his to lose in Spring Training, barring any roster moves.


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