- Full name Zach Hart Sorensen
- Born 01/03/1977 in Salt Lake City, UT
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: S / Throws: R
- School Wichita State
- Debut 06/03/2003
- Drafted in the 2nd round (63rd overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 1998 (signed for $450,000).
Organization Prospect Rankings
Sorensen missed much of the 2001 season with shoulder problems, but he rebounded to hit .371 in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the all-prospect team. He's a solid gamer who plays with a lot of passion, and those qualities have endeared him to the Indians since they drafted him in 1998. A switch-hitter, he has shown a decent bat that, based on his play in Arizona, may still be improving. He has a good idea on what he wants to do at the plate. Sorensen also has some speed, though he really lacks a single above-average tool. He does everything well, nothing great. There still are some questions about his arm strength at shortstop--his shoulder woes didn't help his cause--and some thought that he might be better suited for second base. Sorensen projects as a backup middle infielder in the big leagues and will be on call in Triple-A this year.
Sorensen has a tremendous work ethic and makeup and is very intelligent. After not showing much with the bat the last two years, he made some progress in the Arizona Fall League that could indicate he's turned the corner. The best case scenario is that he becomes a Jay Bell type of infielder because he lacks a true No. 1 tool. Defensively, he's solid if unspectacular. His arm is fringe for a shortstop and he hasn't exhibited a lot of range. He'll have to make up for his shortage of defensive tools by precise defensive positioning. But it's his temperament and personality, more than his tools, which everyone talks about. Sheer effort and will make up for shortages in other areas, and Sorensen has all the intangibles. He has risen through the system with his double-play partner, second baseman Scott Pratt, and the duo will start the 2001 season in Double-A or Triple-A. Sorensen, however, might be better suited for second base at the major league level.