With the Giants winning the World Series last night and Edgar Renteria being named the World Series MVP, I thought it would be fun to dig up one of Renteria's old scouting reports. This one comes from the Dec. 24, 1995 issue of Baseball America, when Renteria was the No. 1 prospect in the Marlins organization. The scouting report was written by Tracy Ringolsby. . .
Background: With a large Latin population in Miami, the Marlins want nothing more than to have a true Latin star. Renteria could be the first one from the system. He spent two years at the full-season Class A level, but after struggling some with the bat at Kane County in 1993, he put together an all-star season in '94 in the Florida State League. He improved off that at Double-A Portland in 1995. He has begun to fill out, having added 20 pounds to his frame the last three seasons.
Strengths: Renteria is a defensive whiz. He had the instincts the day he signed, and despite growing he has gotten quicker and developed more arm strength. He's going to make all the routine plays and throw in the dazzlers too. The most encouraging aspect of Renteria's development has been with the bat. His .289 average at Portland was third on the team and the highest of his career. He even showed some power with seven home runs after hitting only one the three previous years combined. He runs a touch above average and is getting more comfortable stealing bases.
Weaknesses: The only real area Renteria needs to work on is improving his patience at the plate—he has 110 walks and 264 strikeouts in his pro career. His job in the big leagues offensively will be to get on base so others can drive him in.
The Future: A player-development dream come true, Renteria has improved each year. Now he's ready for the challenge of Triple-A, and by season's end he should be primed to challenge for the big league job. He has all-star potential.
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