No. 10 – Greg Halman, OF
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on March 2, 2007
The Seattle Mariners have a pretty good track record signing international talent. Starting with the likes of Ichiro, Kaz Sasaki and Chris Snelling, it’s apparent that the club has a good idea of where to go to find ballplayers outside of the United States.
Other notable international signees include King Felix Hernandez, Jose Lopez, Yuniesky Betancourt, Travis Blackley and Kenji Johjima. From Japan to Venezuela to Australia – and even Alex Liddi from Italy – the hometown boys travel the globe pretty successfully.
And now, they’ve found talent in Holland.
Haarlem, Holland, to be exact.
They signed a then-16 year old athletic outfielder with a drawer full of skills and garage filled with useful tools.
Prospect Insider’s No. 10 prospect in the Seattle Mariners farm system is Greg Halman.
|No. 10 – Greg Halman, OF
|19||6-4||215||Right||Right||UDFA, 2004 (Van Dalen)
Strengths: Halman is an excellent athlete with a lot of upside, and his ranking here in the top 10 is almost solely based on his risky high-ceiling potential.The 19-year-old possesses well above average speed and raw power that may ultimately surpass that of Wlad Balentien. Halman is already a solid defender and has the tools to excel in the field, on the bases and at the plate.At 6-4 and 220 pounds, Halman can be an imposing force and could develop into a dominant player, using all five tools.
Weaknesses: The former MVP of the Dutch Professional League is inexperienced and needs a full season under his belt in order to make marked progress in his overall development.Halman needs to work on a lot of things, but first and foremost he must learn how to approach each at-bat. He hasn’t shown any patience at the plate and is only a step from being considered a true hacker.The good news is that he’s young enough to turn himself into a blue chipper.
Hitting for Average (On-base skills): Halman’s biggest weakness is his current lack of strike zone judgment and overall plate discipline. His strikeout rates aren’t all that alarming, considering his age and experience, but he doesn’t draw walks. He’ll need to make significant progress in this area to get the most of his offensive abilities.
Hitting for Power: Halman is not unlike Matt Tuiasosopo in many ways, including the raw power that each possess. The differences include Halman’s slightly superior ability to pull the ball regularly, as well as an advantage in bat speed.
He does get tied up inside enough to suggest he has work to do in this area, but after a year and a half in the states, he’s making satisfactory progress in developing his swing and putting an aggressive yet disciplined swing on every pitch.
Baserunning: Halman is a decent decision maker on the bases, but needs the experience to polish his abilities. With above-average speed, Halman is capable of swiping 10-15 bases a year, but more coaching is necessary.
Glove: With solid natural instincts and plus physical tools, Halman is a nice fit in center field – for now.
He’s likely to slide to right field at some point in his ascent to the big leagues, and that could take place as early as this season. Halman gets decent jumps on liners and fly balls but needs to take better routes, something he’ll develop with more time on the field.
But if his future is truly in right field, the sooner he’s moved, the sooner he’ll adapt and be able to concentrate solely on improving what will ultimately get him to the majors.
Arm: Halman has a plus throwing arm, but his accuracy is merely average at this point. Once he learns when to try and make the big throw and when to simply hit the cut-off man, his arm will turn into a defensive weapon.
Future: Halman has all the tools to blossom into a pretty good ballplayer, but he does have holes, most notably in his approach at the plate. He is, however, just 19 and has ample time to develop his game.
He’ll likely start the 2007 season at Class A Wisconsin.
If he hits his ceiling, he’s a run-producing bat who’s an asset in the field.
MLB ETA: 2010MLB CLONE:
CEILING – Magglio Ordonez
CELLAR – Dustan Mohr
MEDIAN – Chris SheltonPI PROJECTION: .255/.312/.464, 24 BB, 103 KOFP: 63.5