All Things Bubba

Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Flashback: Draft Watch 1998

Came across this old scouting report on Bubba, when he was in college and a hot draft prospect.

Bubba Crosby, OF, Rice University, Jr., 5-11, 185 lbs.

Bubba Crosby is a lefty-swinging outfielder out of Houston who generates tremendous power from a strong lower body and an uppercut stroke that gets through the hitting zone in a hurry. He hits from a crouch, weight on his back foot, a la George Brett or Phil Plantier, and uncoils on the pitch as it arrives.

Overshadowed last season by Lance Berkman, a 1st-round pick of the Houston Astros in June 1997, Crosby still was named to the all Western Athletic Conference team and now finds himself in a position similar to that of Berkman a year ago, i.e., to be a high 1st round pick in the June draft. Baseball America in its Early Draft Preview, named the first-team All-American the #12 prospect in the nation. The same publication touted Crosby as the 7th best college prospect in the preseason; he has since moved up a slot to #6.

The night I saw him, against San Diego State, at Tony Gwynn Stadium, Crosby was coming back from some kind of an injury and didn't play the field, so I don't know what kind of an outfielder he is. I was still driving to the park during his first at bat, but in his second trip to the plate, after swinging and missing at the first offering from the Aztecs' right hander Chad Wanders, he hit a solid line drive to straightaway center that was caught for an out. His next time up, Crosby swatted Wanders' first pitch 450 feet, onto the roof of a building out behind right field. In his fourth time up to bat, he hit a towering popup to third base on a 2-1 pitch. And in his last at bat, Crosby hung in nicely against a lefty, slashing a grounder through the left side of the infield for an RBI single.

Because of his extreme uppercut stroke, Crosby will hit his share of fly balls. He may never hit .300, but with his leg strength, solid mechanics, and quick bat, many of the fly balls he hits will land in the cheap seats.

Update: 5/27/98

Bubba Crosby

.401 207 73 83 15 3 23 84 42 25 2

Crosby has had an outstanding season at Rice. In the June 8-21, 1998, issue of Baseball America he is ranked #20 among draft prospects, and the top collegiate outfielder. He is rated the third best college power hitter (behind Miami's Pat Burrell and UCLA's Eric Valent) and the third fastest baserunner (behind Texas A&M's Jason Tyner and Wichita State's Zach Sorenson). Crosby is also ranked #5 among Texas prospects. I earlier compared him to Phil Plantier, but that was before I learned he plays center field. When I saw Crosby, he was coming back from a hamstring injury which kept him from playing the field. His height (6'0") is really his only weakness, and from everything I've read about the guy, that won't get in his way. Think Mark Kotsay, but with more power.

Really makes you wonder what might have been, if Bubba had been drafted by a team less dysfunctional than the Dodgers were then.

posted by BubbaFan, 11:18 PM


Yankee stadium suits a player like Bubba: short porch in RF for hitting, lots of space in CF/LF for his defense, and the fans... the toughest fans in the country loved him.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, September 16, 2006 2:23 AM  

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