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Top Prospect Alert - David Krynzel

By Schuyler Dombroske

DOB: 11/7/81, Age: 21, Height: 6í1íí, Weight: 180, Bats: L, Throws: L. Acquired: Brewers - Drafted in the 1st Round of the 2000 Draft (Green Valley HS, Henderson, NV). 2002 Stats: (High-A - High Desert) .268 AVG, 365 AB, 13 2B, 12 3B, 11 HR, 29 SB, 64 BB, 100 K, .391 OBP, .460 SLG; (AA - Huntsville) .240 AVG, 129 AB, 2 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 13 SB, 4 BB, 30 K, .269 OBP, .349 SLG. 2003 Stats: (AA - Huntsville) .311 AVG, 161 AB, 3 2B, 6 3B, 0 HR, 19 SB, 19 BB, 32 K, .388 OBP, .404 SLG.
    David Krynzel is a high-risk/high-reward leadoff prospect in the Brewersí organization. A first round draft pick in 2000 out of a Nevada high school, Krynzel has been aggressively moved through the system, landing at AA before his 21st birthday in 2002. He appeared horribly overmatched at first, posting an OBP of .269 in 129 at-bats last year, but has adjusted nicely so far this season, increasing that figure to .388. Krynzel arrived in the pros almost strictly as a pull hitter, but has cut down his swing quite a bit this season. It was almost unfortunate that he benefited so greatly from the bandbox at High Desert (11 HRs), because I think it exacerbated the negative aspects of his game at the expense of some of the positive ones that we are witnessing this year. He clearly has some power, as evidenced not just by the 13 homers last season, but by the mind-boggling 21 triples in his past 655 at-bats. His plate discipline, however, is the ability that I am most concerned with currently. After walking just 4 times in 133 PAs last year, Krynzel has already walked 19 times this season in his first 180 times up. With an OBP of .388 as a 21 year old at AA, he is clearly learning what traits are of the greatest importance for the job that he is being groomed for: batting leadoff. Speaking of batting leadoff, Krynzel also has blazing speed in his favor, but he has yet to harness it. Krynzel was 45/67 at two levels in 2001, and 42/64 last season stealing bases. This year, after a 4/4 day this past week, Krynzel is 19/30. All three of these are unacceptable success rates, negating a good portion of the positives attached to his OBP. He clearly has the speed to be a positive contributor on the basepaths, but needs further coaching to do so. Krynzel will probably be a 30 steal guy in the majors, but at what cost is yet to be determined. Defensively, he is unquestionably a center field prospect. He easily has the range and arm necessary for the job, but similarly to his basestealing, he still seems to be a bit raw in this portion of the game. The Brewers donít have anyone claiming the CF job in Milwaukee, so one can only assume it will be Krynzelís with one more year of reasonable development.
    The Brewers no longer are the laughingstock of baseball at every level. Their AA team in Huntsville has JJ Hardy, Corey Hart, Krynzel, Luis Martinez, Mike Jones, and Ben Diggins, all of whom harbor some sort of major league aspirations. High Desert is pretty barren, but Beloit has some pitching (Manny Parra and Tom Wilhelmsen) and some hitting (Prince). The Brewers could be a decent team (read - not last) in three or four years with some luck. On the current Milwaukee roster, Iím not sure there are ten players that would get major time on a contending team, so there is room for any prospects that pan out. Krynzel has one of the clearest shots to a job, in my opinion. He could probably put up Alex Sanchez-type numbers right now (or better), but with another year or two of progression, should be significantly better than that. He is probably capable of being a .280 hitter with 15 homers and 30 steals at his peak, which if he walks enough, will make him a valuable leadoff man and center fielder for the Brew Crew. A scary player comparison for him is Peter Bergeron, who looked like he would be a fantastic top of the order CF for LA back in 1999 or so, but is now on the path out of baseball. A better comparison for him would be Kenny Lofton, at least on the optimistic side of things. Either way, Krynzel should get his shot up in the bigs by the middle of next year at the latest. Iíll go out on a limb and say he will be better than Bergeron was. 


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