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Dave Krynzel: A Look at the Brewers' Top Position Prospect

on 09/03/2001

Brewer fans should be very excited about Dave Krynzel's Progression.

General Manager Dean Taylor took some criticism for taking 2000 first round pick David Krynzel as high as he did, mainly because of some similarities to former first round pick Chad Green, who was a huge bust. Krynzel performed well in the Pioneer League last season before an injury sidelined him, and he was named the top prospect of that league. Minor League experts knew that his performance at Beloit this year would be a much better indicator of his potential. Krynzel began this season by posting solid, yet unspectacular numbers at Beloit.

On May 23, the Brewers made a move that surprised almost everyone, in promoting Krynzel to their high A-ball affiliate at High Desert. After struggling mightily for the first two months, many figured that the Brewers had goofed and rushed him. Most fans basically hoped that he could finish the year with an average of about .250.

Upon the recent completion of the minor league season, Krynzel's stats at High Desert now read: .277/.329/.392, with 65R, 106 hits, 19 2B, 5 3B, 5HR, 33RBI, and 34 SB against 17 CS in 383 AB's.

He's really turned it on in the last couple months, and is showing us all why he was a first rounder, and that Greg Riddoch and the Brewers knew what they were doing when they promoted him.

The power numbers are still low, but the gap power that he's shown says that the potential for more power to develop is definitely there.

His 122/27 K/BB ratio is something that he needs to improve on, along with his .329 OBP. He's still very young though (he's the youngest player in the Cal League), and with some off-season work, it's an area that he can definitely improve on.

Krynzel features solid defense and a strong arm, along with very good speed. If his power does indeed develop as he matures, then he'll be the five-tool player that the Brewers said he was when they picked him last year.

Even though David struggled early on at High Desert, he has rebounded nicely and performed very well this season. Brewer fans should be very excited about his progression, and very pleased with Dean Taylor and his staff for drafting him. Even though Krynzel is still a few years away from Milwaukee, his performance this year has made the future of the Brewers a whole lot brighter.


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