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Top Prospect Alert - Bronson Sardinha

By Schuyler Dombroske

DOB: 4/6/83, Age: 18, Height: 6’1’’, Weight: 210, Bats: L, Throws: R. Acquired: Yankees - Drafted in the 1st Round of the 2001 Draft (Kamehameha HS, Kahuku, HI).  2001 Stats: (Rookie - GCL Yanks) .303 AVG, 188 AB, 14 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 11 SB, 28 BB, 51 K, .398 OBP, .473 SLG.
   Sardinha was the Yanks’ second pick in the first round this summer, taken with the pick received as compensation for Denny Neagle’s flight to thin air. “Bully” became the highest drafted Hawaiian position player in draft history, but was considered a stretch for the first round at the time. Sardinha’s main strengths were (and are) his arm and his bat, meaning that the likelihood that he will remain at short, especially considering the current situation of the Yanks, is negligible. However, opinions of Sardinha began to change rather quickly after his placement in the Gulf Coast League. He won game after game with his bat, and showed much more pop than anyone expected from an 18-year old. With 11 steals in 13 chances, his speed was a little better than advertised as well, making him quite close to a five plus-tool prospect. Sardinha did commit 15 errors in only 46 games, and even though that isn’t unusual for a young shortstop, it furthers the belief that he will eventually be converted to third base. He also struck out 51 times in 188 at-bats, and will need to make better contact to continue to move up the ladder.
   Sardinha’s weaknesses are very common for a young player, but his tool set is not common at all. With the struggles of Drew Henson, Sardinha may have an opportunity to become a third baseman in the Bronx, but that time is still far in the future. I would expect the Yanks to start Bronson in Greensboro next year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they waited for Staten Island’s season opener in June. Either way, I can’t see him making an appearance in New York until at least late 2004. It’s early, but his upside seems to be enormous right now, perhaps along the lines of Adrian Beltre. I think the Yanks would settle for a Mike Pagliarulo or Scott Brosius clone at this point, but Sardinha is on a much better pace than that.


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