Sawyer Carroll – San Diego Padres OF

H/W:  6-4  210 lb.     B/T:  L/R     DOB:  5/9/86

The Padres continued to add to their treasure trove of highly disciplined collegiate hitters by selecting this University of Kentucky alum in the 3rd round of the '08 draft.  Carroll has a power hitter's build but is more of a gap to gap hitter whose power should top out at 15-20 HR per season.  After adding 20 lbs. of muscle to his long frame, Carroll had an immensely successful senior season with the Wildcats that saw him hit .419 with 19 HR 83 RBI and 69 runs scored.   Carroll then signed quickly with the Padres and then split time his time between short season Eugene and Low-A Fort Wayne, hitting .278 with 8 HR 47 RBI and 46 runs scored in 64 games.  Carroll employs a disciplined approach at the plate, working deep into counts, drawing walks or driving balls in all parts of the strike zone.  Defense was a concern area prior to Carroll's senior season as he was profiled to be a below average first baseman, but he seems to have added some athleticism with his gain in strength and has shown an aptitude to play either corner OF position as well as 1B.

2009 Projection: Carroll's start to the '09 season has been excellent as he is hitting .320 with 20 RBI  9 SB and 9 doubles through his first 29 games.  Additionally, he has earned a respectable 22 BB/20 K ratio and has become Fort Wayne's #3 hitter in the lineup.   At 22 years old, he is a bit old for this level and, given his early success, it seems that a promotion to High-A Lake Elsinore will happen at some point this season.  One thing to take notice of is his lack of power output to date.  Prior to his senior season, several scouts were concerned that it would not manifest itself at the wooden bat level and those concerns seem to be coming to fruition at this point.  Keep an eye on these numbers as the season progresses.  It is difficult to ascertain at this time where Carroll fits into the organization's plans.  With so many talented outfielders like Kellen Kulbacki, Jaff Decker, Cedric Hunter, Luis Durango, Chad Huffman, Blake Tekotte and Yefri Carvajal, Carroll has considerable obstacles to overcome in order to win a shot at a full time position with the Padres.  Assuredly, there will be some maneuvering done in the future as the team looks to pursue some pitching within the next season or two.  Each transaction involving members of the fore-mentioned parties will be effective in shuffling the organization's depth chart and future plans.

Key Sawyer Carrol Baseball Cards:

  • 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Auto #/543
  • 2008 Razor Signature Series Auto #/699

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