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March 23, 2005

by Fabian

SG's Season Simulations

Bronson Sardinha, 21, No

Even if he currently had no merits as a prospect, I would still enjoy following Bronson Sardinha’s career because he brings me back to the point where the minor leagues first captured my full attention. It was around the 2001 draft when I decided to get a subscription and closely follow this minor league thing, outside of Nick Johnson. Since then, I’ve been hooked, so Sardinha will keep a warm place in my heart as far as that. As far as who he is as a prospect, Sardinha is currently a frustrating ‘tweener.

Much of the frustration and ‘tweener-dom, yeah, ‘tweener-dom, stems from a simple fact of life: Bronson Sardinha cannot play defense. Bronson Sardinha began his defensive journey as a SS in the ’01 GCL. Numerous errors and missed balls led to Sardinha seeing some time as the team’s DH. The Yankee organization remained faithful and gave him the job as the opening day SS for the ’02 Greensboro Bats, numerous errors and missed balls later, the SS experiment was ended and Bronson Sardinha became a LF. He was not given much time in LF as the whole point of that seemed to be just to get him in the OF so he could more easily move over to CF. As a CF, Bronson Sardinha made errors and missed balls for both the ’02 Bats and the ’02 SI Yankees. In ’03 Bronson Sardinha was back to being a LF and he made errors and missed balls for the Tampa Yankees and then the Battle Creek Yankees and thus ended the Bronson Sardinha as an OF experiment, or so it would seem. The Yankees then decided that since his arm was decent enough, they would switch him to 3B for the ’04 season. As a 3B, Bronson Sardinha was horrendous. At no point did he develop consistency in the field as he continued to make errors and miss balls and by the end of the year he found himself missing games due to his defense and being a DH when he did play. Where this leaves us is that for the ’05 season Bronson Sardinha will once again be a LF/DH, his least bad defensive position, which leads to his offense.

Bronson Sardinha does not hit many home runs. Unfortunately, he’s not a lanky guy who hits tons of doubles or triples either. As a result Bronson Sardinha’s power potential isn’t much to write home about, 10-15 home runs given a full season of playing time seems about right. This wouldn’t matter much if Sardinha hit for really high averages. Unfortunately, he’s only a solid hitter for average; .270-.280 seems accurate. This wouldn’t matter much if Sardinha drew ridiculous amounts of walks. Unfortunately, he’s only solid at drawing ball four. 55-70 walks seem accurate, if given a full season.

Putting Sardinha’s offensive and defensive information together immediately makes me think John Vander Wal. A corner OF who can provide you with fringe average hitting and below average defense for stretches or a solid bat off the bench. He also has one up on Vander Wal in that he’s a pretty good baserunner. It’s not much of a future, but I feel pretty safe about Sardinha’s chances of making it.

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