Prospect Report: Mike Cervenak

Prospect Report: Mike Cervenak

With a .337 batting average for the Navigators and 5 home runs in only 44 at-bats for the Grizzlies in 2004, Cervenak, a 28-year old graduate of the University of Michigan is making a name for himself in the Giants minor league system. He also smacked 36 doubles in the 2004 season for the Navigators.

CAREER STATISTICS
Year Team League Age Org Level Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO SLG OBP
1999 MICH NCAA 23 Col. .340 64 256 56 87 23 3 9 70 5 16 19 .559 .371
1999 CHL Frontier 23 Ind. .306 68 301 59 92 17 4 3 46 6 13 21 .419 ---
2000 CHL Frontier 24 Ind. .357 40 171 33 61 9 0 12 43 2 14 13 .620 ---
2000 GBO SAL 24 NYY A .329 38 155 19 51 4 5 3 20 3 7 21 .477 ---
2001 NOR Eastern 25 NYY AA .274 128 463 63 127 37 1 11 60 2 44 75 .430 ---
2002 NOR Eastern 26 NYY AA .276 134 492 74 136 34 1 21 91 5 30 78 .478 .330
2003 NOR Eastern 27 SF AA .270 137 511 74 138 26 1 20 91 2 36 80 .442 .329
2004 NOR Eastern 28 SF AA .337 110 410 77 138 36 1 21 88 6 52 53 .583 .414
2004 FRS PCL 28 SF AAA .250 10 44 7 11 1 0 5 10 0 0 7 .614 .267
TOTAL .296 665 2547 406 754 164 13 96 449 26 196 348 .484 ---

Strengths:

Cervenak has hit for a high average consistently throughout his minor league career, with a .296 career mark. His lowest mark was .270 in 2003 for the Navigators, and he jumped to .337 this season. He also has solid power, consistently at least 20 home runs over the last three seasons. He hit a combined 26 home runs for AA and AAA last year. His patience is decent. He walked 52 times and struck out 60 in AA and AAA combined. His strikeout totals are down from previous years.

Weaknesses:

Age. He is too old to really be considered a prospect and might not get much attention from the Giants front office because he is 28 and turns 29 in August 2005. He is a good base-stealer but he grounds into quite a few double plays. (19 in 2003.) He’s not quick but is able to avoid getting caught while swiping about 5 bases per year.

His future:

He deserves a spring training session after his excellent 2004 season. As a 43rd round pick, he won’t have much of a chance to be called up to the show because the Giants are not in need of a third baseman, but he might get a September call-up if he matches his 2004 success in AAA this year.

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