Prospect Profile: Scott Thorman
This will start a series of profiles on the top 15 prospects in the Braves organization as of now. They are in no particular order and 15 is the number because that is exactly how many prospects that stood out in my mind as tops in the organization.
Name: Scott Thorman
Scott was drafted by the Braves in the 1st round (30th overall) of the 2000 draft out of high school in Cambridge, Ontario. The Braves saw him as a raw but powerful corner infielder. His first full season was 2002 with Macon in single-A. He hit 16 home runs and drove in 82 runs while hitting .294. He walked 51 times versus 83 strikeouts in 470 at-bats which is a pretty good ration for his first full season. He was promoted to Myrtle Beach in 2003 where he struggled in his first year. He hit only 12 homers while batting only .243. He started 2004 in Myrtle Beach as well after struggling in 2003. He hit .294 with 4 homers and 29 RBI's in 154 at-bats before being promoted to AA- Greenville. He only batted .252 but did hit 11 homers to bring him to 15 on the season. Scott started out 2005 very hot for AA- Mississippi. He was hitting .305 with 15 homers and 65 RBI's at the time of his call-up to Richmond. He did however, see a decrease in walks and increase in strikeouts. In Richmond he hit 6 home runs and drove in 27. His season totals came out at an impressive 21 home runs and 92 RBI's.
Scott is currently tearing up the international league with a .317 average to go along with 15 homers and 43 RBI's. Scott also has a 30/44 K/BB ratio which helps his on-base percentage up to .389. His slugging percentage of .567 is also very impressive. He has also been starting a lot of games in the outfield recently in order to improve his usefullness for the Atlanta Braves. Hopefully he will spend most of the rest of this year in the big leagues.
There is a lot of talk about Scott Thorman reaching the big leagues very soon. This seems very plausible as Atanta continues to drop further out of the race. Scott's ability to play left field also increases his chances of playing in Atlanta. He could replace either LaRoche at first or the Langerhans/Diaz platoon in left. Thorman projects as a guy with 25+ home run power while hitting around .260/.270. He has also shown the ability to take walks which increases his on-base percentage. I don't see him as a star but he can definitely be a very capable starter who can provide some pop in the 5-6-7 holes of the lineup.