MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 33 Dario Pizzano, OF

33== Ivy Leaguer can hit, but is that enough? ==

MB 100 | No. 33 Dario Pizzano

OF | 2014 age: 23 | Bats: LH | 5-11, 200

15th round of 2012 draft out of Columbia University

2013 ranking: 26intheMix

Year Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 21 2 Teams Rk-A- 59 250 209 35 74 18 1 4 29 3 0 30 37 .354 .442 .507 .949
2013 22 Clinton A 126 531 463 75 144 40 5 8 70 8 4 61 48 .311 .392 .471 .863
2 Seasons 185 781 672 110 218 58 6 12 99 11 4 91 85 .324 .408 .482 .890
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/20/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Slugger > 4% Goal > 8.5% Goal > 19% Goal > .200 Goal < 20% Strong Prospect > 100
2012 21 “+2” 1.60% 12.00% 21.20% 0.153 14.80% 118 97 115
2013 22 “+2” 1.51% 11.49% 21.47% 0.160 9.04% 133 111 144

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Special Sauce:

  • 40 doubles and 61 walks.
  • Only 48 strikeouts in 531 plate appearances.
  • 2012 Ivy League player of the year.

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Commentary:

Is there a place in the majors for a guy who hits and hits, but is limited to a corner position and doesn’t provide monster power?  Yes!  And his name is Ji-Man Choi.

Oh, wait.

Here’s the thing:

  • Choi reached AAA at age-22; Pizzano same age, but still at Low-A Clinton.
  • Choi: 18 homers; Pizzano 8 homers.
  • Choi: .240 ISO; Pizzano: .160 ISO.

And, face it, many (as in: most) scouts don’t view Choi as bringing enough to the table to man an MLB corner position (though I disagree, FWIW).  So you can guess how they’d view Pizzano.

But enough with the skepticism!  Pizzano has elite plate skills, so he won’t ever hurt himself at the plate.  Ever.  That’s worth something.  And, while he’s not a swift center fielder, he’s not a big cludgy guy either.  He stole eight bases and had five triples.

And his swing is sweet.  See the slo-mo part at 2:20 of the YouTube above.  And you gotta admit there’s something a little Kyle-Seager-ish about the guy (to randomly pick a guy with a .160 ISO in the minors).

He still seems more likely to hit a Rich Poythress AAAA ceiling, but you can’t rule him out.

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Extra Innings:

Columbia University has produced two famous music groups: the ersatz ’50s vocal group Sha Na Na (now credited by cultural historians as actually “inventing” the Happy Days version of the ’50s that holds our popular imagination), and today’s indie-pop darlings Vampire Weekend.  Here’s a sample of the latter.

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