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