View Full Version : SCOUT: Mets OF prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis

02-19-2012, 08:08
I've heard from quite a few Met fans that they would like to see a kid like Kirk win an outfield job out of Spring rather than the likes of a guy like Andres Torres but many scouts don't think that will not be the case. Here's a scouting report breakdown according to www fangraphs.com :

9. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
BORN: Aug. 7, 1987
EXPERIENCE: 4 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2008 3rd round, Azusa Pacific University
2010-11 TOP 10 RANKING: 2nd

SCOUTING REPORT: Nieuwenhuis has done nothing but hit since being discovered and drafted by the Mets out of a small college. The same concerns continue to follow him, though, as he ascends through the minor league system: He lacks the range to play center field everyday and he lacks the power profile expected from a corner outfielder.

YEAR IN REVIEW: It was expected that Nieuwenhuis would make his MLB debut in 2011 and he got off to a fast start to the season by posting a .908 OPS in triple-A through the beginning of June but shoulder surgery wiped out the remainder of his season.

YEAR AHEAD: The young outfielder may not be fully recovered from his shoulder surgery when spring training roles around so he could get a late start to the season. With the organization lacking outfield depth, though, Nieuwenhuis could see significant playing time in New York as soon as he’s deemed healthy and in game shape.

CAREER OUTLOOK: Because Nieuwenhuis hits right-handed pitching much better than southpaws, he’s probably ticketed for a career as a platoon or bench player. With that said, and with some further development, he could spend a few years playing regularly for a second-division club.