Prospect Scouting Report: Charles Cresswell

Prospect Scouting Report: Charles Cresswell

If Jason Jaramillo and Louis Marson were the "big name" catchers that the Phillies found in the 2004 Draft, Charles Cresswell was the "little guy". Cresswell, who prefers to be called Reece, comes to the Phillies as a high school legend in his tiny hometown. He'll need some work, but Cresswell will be an interesting young player to keep our eyes on.

To easily sum up Charles Cresswell and the legend that surrounds him, the best evidence is the respect that an opposing coach gave him. "Didn't really have to think about that one," said Canyon High School head coach John Doan after ordering an intentional walk to Cresswell. The unusual thing about it was that the walk came with bases loaded and tied the game. "The umpire said ‘take your base'. I told him ‘no, thank you' but he said I had to," remembers Cresswell.

Keeping in mind that legends can have somewhat exaggerated stories attached to them, Cresswell's longest homerun was estimated at just over 550 feet. What is definite is that he tied the Amarillo city single-season homerun record with 20 dingers and hit .552 in his senior season. Somehow, the best offer Cresswell received was a scholarship to Seward County Community College. That of course, was prior to the draft when the Phillies grabbed Cresswell in the tenth round. "The Phillies had talked to me, but the Astros seemed more interested," remembers Cresswell about his draft day expectation. The decision to sign with the Phillies was easy.

Year

Team

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

KO

AVG

OBP

2004

GCL

16

49

4

12

4

0

0

9

0

0

4

23

.245

.309

Career

 

16

49

4

12

4

0

0

9

0

0

4

23

.245

.309


Batting and Power: His homerun power was simply awesome in high school. The professional ranks is something different. Cresswell will need time to adjust to hitting with a wood bat and is making a big leap from his high school opponents in a tiny Texas town. He was somewhat overmatched in his inaugural season, but has plenty of potential to rebound. This is a kid that will take some time to develop and the Phillies figure on giving him all the time they possibly can.

Base Running and Speed: He's a catcher. Enough said. It's not going to be his speed that moves him through the system.

Denfense: Has all the necessary defensive skills. His arm is pretty strong and he has good mechanics to make throws to second.

Projection: With young catchers now dotting the landscape through the Phillies system, they will take all the time in the world with Cresswell and push the other guys along. It's likely that Cresswell will start 2005 in the short-season New York / Penn League with Batavia. With patience, he could become a solid major league catcher.

ETA: 2010. Keep in mind that the Phillies drafted this kid out of high school and he will need time to adjust to professional pitching before he really starts to move through the system.

Comparison: Physically compared to Darren Daulton and Mike Piazza. Has the potential to be just one step under their type of numbers in the majors.

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