Hawaii Winter Baseball Watch List

October 17, 2006
First off, for those of you who are still trying to figure out what the Hawaii Winter Baseball League is all about, we highly recommend the HWB Preview that Baseball America’s Chris Kline wrote. As far as who to watch, here’s a list of the players who we are keying in on right now and how they have done through October, 14th.

Lorenzo Cain, OF, MIL, (Honu): 3-21 (.143), 2 triples, 1 sb/2 cs, 2BB/5K

Cain, 20, went 0-5 in his last start (10/8). The 17th round draft pick from 2004 had a .307/.384/.425 vital line in Single-A West Virginia during the minor league regular season.

Eric Campbell, 3B, ATL (Sharks): 10-29 (.345), 5 doubles, 0 sb/1 cs, 1BB/1K

A 2nd round draft pick from 2004, Campbell, 21, has played 4 games at 2B and 2 at 3B. Our No. 3 Braves prospect, the 6-foot, 190-pound infielder posted a .296/.335/.517 vital line in Single-A Rome and was two stolen bases shy of going 20/20.

Mike Carp, 1B, NYM (Honu): 5-19 (.263), 2 HBP, 2 XBH, 3BB/7K

A 9th round draft pick in 2004, Carp (6-foot-2, 205-pound lefty) put up .287/.379/.450 vitals in High-A St. Lucie in 2006. Mets fans are really excited about this guy.

Joba Chamberlain, RHP, NYY (Canefires): 3 games (10.0 ip/0 gs), 15K/2BB, 1.00 WHIP

Perhaps the most intriguing player competing in HWB, Chamberlain, 21, is making his professional baseball debut. The 1st round supplemental draft pick (41st overall) from 2006 struck out 10.28 batters per nine innings in his final season at Nebraska.

Jeff Clement, C, SEA (Beach Boys): 2-10 (.200), 0 XBH, 0BB/2K

One of the highest profile players playing in Hawaii this fall, Clement, 23, has only started three of the Beach Boys’ 10 games.

Koby Clemens, 3B, HOU (Honu): 9-35 (.257), 1 HR, 2 sb/0 cs, 5BB/13K

Playing in Single-A Lexington, Roger’s son struggled in his first full season after being taken in the 8th round of the 2005 draft (.229/.313/.346).

Blake DeWitt, 3B, LAD (Honu): 6-35 (.171), 0 XBH, 1 sb/0 cs, 6BB/12K

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound left-handed hitting infielder from the 1st round of the 2005 draft, DeWitt, 21, has started 7 games at SS and 2 at 2B.

Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (Beach Boys): 12-30 (.400), 1.100 OPS, 3 sb/1 cs, 5BB/8K

An early favorite for MVP of the HWB, Fowler, 20, could easily catapult up to the No. 1 slot on our Rockies Top 3 prospect list next year. Keep a close eye on this extremely athletic steal from the 14th round of the 2004 draft.

Ian Kennedy, RHP, NYY (Canefires):

Taken 20 picks before Chamberlain, Kennedy, 21, only pitched 2.2 professional innings after signing out of USC (was in Low-A Staten Island). The 6-foot-1, 195-pound owner of a $2.25 Million dollar signing bonus, struck out 9.03 batters per nine innings in his final year in college.

John Mayberry Jr., OF, TEX (Canefires): 3-10 (.300), 0 XBH, 2BB/4K

The 1st round draft pick from 2005 has a very projectable 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame, but going back to when we saw him play with Stanford his senior year, Mayberry, 22, hasn’t really impressed us that much.

Van Pope, 1B, ATL (Sharks): 5-25 (.200), 1 HR, 1 sb/0 cs, 4BB/4K

Pope, 22, who was taken in the 5th round of the 2004 draft, put up .263/.353/.430 vitals during the regular minor league season in High-A Myrtle Beach.

Nate Schierholtz, OF, SF (Beach Boys): 5-28 (.179), .421 OPS, 0BB/7K

The Giants 2nd round pick from 2003, Schierholtz, 22, played in an unfriendly hitter’s environment during the regular minor league season (Double-A Connecticut). This fall could be a great time for him to clear his head and prepare to reclaim/defend – depends on your take of Angel Villalona – his title as the Giants best hitting prospect.

Eric Young Jr., 2B, COL (Beach Boys): 5-24 (.208), 2 sb/1 cs, 1BB/5K, 1 XBH

Playing in more than 100 games for the first time in his professional career, Young, 21, stole 87 bases in 108 attempts (80.6%) and put up .295/.391/.409 vitals in 482 Single-A Ashville. Will he steal more bases than Fowler on the islands?

Adam Foster can be reached at adamwfoster@gmail.com.