Today, the right side of the infield…
Rany Jazayerli: Casey Kotchman, 22, fell flat on his face in a brief trial with the Angels, and there's no job waiting for him. Nevertheless, you don't hit .368 in Double-A and .372 in Triple-A at age 21 without some skills. He's got enough secondary skills that even if he doesn't hit for power, he'll be Mark Grace. When Grace's career is your downside, you're a top-10 prospect.
There is the Kranepool scenario here, in which Kotchman's power doesn't develop, but more often than not it will, and you get an outstanding hitter. There are also names like Dave Winfield and Vlad Guerrero on his list. There are very few reasons not to like Kotchman, and the low strikeout rate speaks well to his ability to maintain a high batting average.
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