Prospect Profile: Andy Macfarlane

Prospect Profile: Andy Macfarlane

Andy Macfarlane drew instant comparisons to Phillies prospect Chris Roberson, who had a breakout season in 2004. Perhaps much like Roberson, Macfarlane is likely at least a couple years away from really getting much attention, but he's got a good amount of talent and has drawn rave reviews for his coachability and work ethic.

Being drafted in the ninth round is no minor achievement. Still, Andy Macfarlane hasn't gotten a lot of attention, but that may not be a bad thing. Coming out of a Community College, Macfarlane hasn't faced a lot of top competition and will take a while to deserve much attention.

In two college seasons, Macfarlane hit seven homeruns and drove in 46 runs while hitting a healthy .303 at Treasure Valley Community College. He used his speed on the basepaths well, stealing 21 bases in his final college season and added six steals in six attempts in his first season of professional ball.

Year

Team

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

KO

AVG

OBP

2004

GCL

46

166

20

38

10

2

1

19

6

0

13

36

.229

.301

Career

 

46

166

20

38

10

2

1

19

6

0

13

36

.229

.301



Batting and Power: Macfarlane won't set any power records, it's simply not his game. At the plate, he has a track record of hitting for a high average and is a gap kind of hitter who picks up a good amount of extra base hits. He'll need some adjustment time to learn how best to use a wooden bat. He also needs to work on shortening up his stroke to raise his average.

Base Running and Speed: Andy Macfarlane has above average speed, but isn't lightning fast. He does have a good sense of how to steal bases and also has enough speed and presence to stretch singles into extra base hits and to take an extra base on the base paths whenever possible.

Defense: Throughout his high school and college days, Macfarlane played primarily in center field. With the Phillies having an abundance of center field prospects, Macfarlane isn't likely to see much time up the middle. He has the speed and defensive ability to play in center, without much problem or question. Macfarlane has a decent arm, but won't be one of the better outfield arms in the system.

Projection: The Phillies will have Macfarlane in extended spring training next season and then either send him back to the GCL or to Batavia. Outfield isn't a pressing position in the organization, so the Phillies won't rush to get Macfarlane through the system any faster than he can handle.

ETA: 2011. If at some point in his minor league career Macfarlane has the same kind of breakout season that Roberson had this season, the timeline may get a little shorter.

Comparison: While the comparisons to Roberson immediately came to mind, a major league comparison might be Expos outfielder Endy Chavez.

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