- Full name Erik Jordan Komatsu
- Born 10/01/1987 in Camarillo, CA
- Profile Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 175 / Bats: L / Throws: L
- School Cal State Fullerton
- Debut 04/06/2012
Drafted in the 8th round (248th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 (signed for $130,000).
View Draft ReportHe has a college body in that he's mature and somewhat squat, with a bat that is decidedly pro caliber. He has a short, quick swing with strength that shoots line drives from gap to gap and surprising pull power. He's a solid-average thrower and runner who profiles as a fourth outfielder at the major league level.
Organization Prospect Rankings
It seemed like Komatsu came out of nowhere to challenge for the high Class A Florida State League batting title in 2010, but that's because he missed most of the previous season with a variety of injuries. He was limited to 26 games in 2009 by a concussion and wrist and hamstring injuries. Finally healthy again, Komatsu was able to show the hitting skills that scouts liked when he played for Cal State Fullerton. With a short, quick stroke and tremendous plate discipline, he posted a .413 on-base percentage in high Class A. Komatsu has some pop in his diminutive frame but focused on hitting line drives to all fields at pitcher-friendly Brevard County, finishing with 31 doubles. He also is a slightly above-average runner and threat to steal a base anytime he is on base. Komatsu also showed versatility in the outfield, making 73 starts in center, 30 in right and 22 in left. With not enough power to project as a corner outfielder in the majors, Komatsu must continue to show he is a viable center fielder. For his overall play, attitude and adaptability to coaching, the Brewers named him their minor league player of the year for 2010. He probably will begin next season in Double-A and profiles best as a fourth outfielder at the big league level.
Minor League Top Prospects
After being Cal State Fullerton's top offensive player this spring, the 5-foot-10 Komatsu made a big impression on Pioneer League managers. They liked his swing and approach and were impressed at how well he hung in against southpaws. Komatsu has a short, quick stroke from the left side with a slight uppercut at the finish. He has some pop to the gaps and uses the whole park well, driving the ball to all fields. He's a decent athlete with slightly above-average speed and arm strength. While he played regularly at all three outfield positions for Helena, he probably fits best in right field, where his bat won't profile as well as it would in center.
Best Tools List
- Rated Best Strike-Zone Discipline in the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011
- Rated Best Hitter for Average in the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011