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Who is Eric Fryer?
13 years ago  ::  Feb 07, 2009 - 2:54PM #1
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On Wednesday, the Yankees traded
LHP Chase Wright to Milwaukee for 23-year old minor leaguer, Eric
Fryer. Fryer put up big numbers last season in Low-A
(.335/.407/.506./.914), after a dismal 2007 rookie ball campaign
(10th round, Ohio St). For more information on Fryer, we checked in
with friend of the NoMaas draft blog, Patrick Ebert. To refresh your
memory, Patrick is a writer for both Brewerfan.net and noted amateur scouting service, Perfect Game USA. He told us the following:

Most Brewers fans seem to agree that this deal likely won't have any effect on either team, long or short term.

For a little background, the Crew is painfully short on pitching depth
right now, so even someone with Wright's track record is welcomed as
long as he still has an option to burn (and I believe he does) since
the Brewers have a spot on their 40-man to burn.

Fryer is a decent enough athlete. He's versatile and the team did have
him catch some last year, although he's far from a defensive asset
behind the plate. He had a good season offensively, but you always
have to be wary about a college draftee having a great season (after a
rather poor debut) as a 22 year old (he's now 23) who started the year
in extended spring training.

That isn't to say he won't continue to have success, because he has
some tools. Those tools are solid, but not spectacular, across the
board. He can run a little, but he's far from a burner. He has good,
not great, bat speed. There's some pop in his bat, but his HR power
down the road will be occasional HR power. He has a good eye, a decent
enough arm to play anywhere on the field, etc. He does receive high
marks for his leadership skills, so that is a plus, making him a good,
but not great player, and one that will need to continue to put up big
numbers as he ascends to be considered a legitimate prospect. He
probably maxes out as a super-utility player in the mold of Brian
Banks, and such players do have value, even if it doesn't seem like
very much.

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