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Name: Ian Kinsler; DOB: 6/22/82; Ht/Wt: 6-0, 175; B/T: R/R; Organization: Texas Rangers


Team (Level)

 

 

G/AB

 

 

HR/RBI

 

 

AVG/OBP

 

 

OPS

 

 

2003 - Spokane (A)

 

 

51/188

 

 

1/15

 

 

.277/.352

 

 

.762

 

 

2004 – Clinton (A)

 

 

59/224

 

 

11/52

 

 

.402/.465

 

 

1.157

 

 

Frisco (AA)

 

 

71/277

 

 

9/46

 

 

.300/.400

 

 

.880

 


The Texas Rangers took Ian Kinsler in the 17th round of the 2003 amateur draft. Little did they know they were getting quite a good prospect with this choice. Usually teams are trying to fill needs for their minor league teams, but the University of Missouri product stood out from the rest. The Rangers drafted him for his glove, but so far in his pro career his bat is what has stood out quite well.

In the Texas Rangers’ A club, Kinsler only hit one home run, but his slugging percentage was .410, meaning that he had a nice number of extra base hits. With the Advanced A ball club in Clinton, Kinsler caught fire. His batting average was dominating to the tune of .402 in 59 games, along with 11 homers. His OPS was a Bondsian 1.157. Those are insane numbers, folks. In Double A Kinsler hit .300 in 71 games with a .400 OBP. His power numbers came down a little bit, but he at least kept hitting. He seems to be lining up to be a good number two hitter, someone with a little pop, hits for average, and gets on base quite a bit. Oh, and he stole 23 bases last year, but got caught 9 times. With more experience, he will cut down those caught stealing and increase the number of steals.

Kinsler is a good athlete, but not “toolsy,” as scouts like to say, which means he doesn’t have the stuff to be a prospect. He is strong for his size, runs quite well, and has a short swing. Scouts love Kinsler because he doesn’t strike out much and works the count very well. He hits plenty of doubles, which are a future indicator for more home run power. His defense has been good so far in his professional career, because of his soft hands and fine range.

There isn’t much negative one can say about Mr. Kinsler. Scouts say his swing sometimes gets too long, but that would be seen in high strikeout numbers, something that he never has had trouble with. Some people might say that he just got a little lucky this past season, using the notion that he is more like his 2003 stats than his 2004. I wouldn’t believe that for a second. Kinsler is a good player and if he continues to play like this, he will definitely be considered one of the better prospects in the Major Leagues. And with the way Texas has been able to develop offensive talent, I wouldn’t bet against Kinsler becoming a good player.

Scouts have compared Kinsler to be a Michael Young clone. The numbers and position and stature all back these comparisons up. In 2005, Kinsler will be playing in AAA Oklahoma knocking on the door. We will most likely see him next year, but if not, we’ll see him in 2006.

Best of luck on your baseball career, Mr. Kinsler!