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Betemit vs Berroa

Jim Callis solicited the opinions of scouts, whose comments appear below. They helped us break down the tools of Wilson Betemit and Angel Berroa on the standard 20-80 scouting scale, where 20 is poor, 50 represents major league average and 80 is outstanding. The numbers we use represent the potential each prospect is likely to realize. Ages are as of Opening Day.

Brandon Phillips might have made shortstop a three-man race, but surprisingly almost every scout pegged him as a future second baseman because his speed and range aren’t exceptional. That left Berroa and Betemit, both of whom could be Opening Day starters for their clubs if everything breaks their way in spring training. Betemit has more offensive potential, though Berroa has more speed and a plus bat for a middle infielder. Betemit doesn’t lack shortstop tools, but Berroa’s are better and he’s a sounder defender. If a team had to have a guy who definitely will stick at short, scouts say Berroa would be the better pick. If it wanted to gamble that Betemit will get more consistent in the field and will continue to grow offensively, he’d be the choice.

Angel
Berroa

VS.

Wilson
BETEMIT

15

Top 100 Rank

8

21

Age

20

Royals

Team

Braves

6-0

Height

6-2

175

Weight

170

Right

Bats

Both

55

Hitting

60

45

Power

55

60

Speed

55

65

Range

60

65

Arm

65

• "At shortstop I like to start with defense, so that would be Berroa. But Betemit is better offensively. I think Berroa is going to hit too, so boy that’s a tough call. The makeup is good on both guys. There’s still some unknown upside on Betemit offensively. Berroa has proven he can be a pretty damn good hitter. I like his swing. He needs a little added strength but he’s legit. That’s tough. Right now, to play in the big leagues, I’d take Berroa. But I’d take Betemit long-term. He has all kinds of hidden offensive ability. I’m a gambler, so I’d take Betemit because he has a little more upside. Keeping his head in the game is going to be the key."

• "If you want a shortstop, you’d definitely want Berroa. Betemit might have to move, but wherever you move him he’s going to hit 20 home runs. He has an Alfonso Soriano bat, and he’s quicker than Soriano laterally. Betemit has pure fielding hands. He has plenty of range and arm. He can wow you, but he’s inconsistent defensively. He’s like Andujar Cedeno was when he came up with Houston, definite tools but didn’t always make the play. Betemit’s bat could fit at third base, and he’s definitely going to play somewhere on the left side of the infield."

• "I haven’t seen Betemit recently, but Berroa has got a chance to do it all."

• "Betemit, because of the full package. Berroa might be the surest shortstop, but he has a little less bat than Betemit or even (Brandon) Phillips in our mind. Betemit is still younger, too. That’s typical scouting–we’re still projecting more with his bat and his power. Betemit can push over to third base if he needs to because he has enough bat. If he and Berroa were in the same system, you’d keep Berroa at shortstop and move Betemit over."

• "We’d probably go with Betemit. We do like Berroa, but we’ve got to go with Betemit because of the bat."

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