The Curious Case Of Brian Cavazos-Galvez

When Brian Cavazos-Galvez put up a .971 OPS with Ogden in 2009, there was some hope for the 12th-round selection. As a 22-year-old, he was a lot older than his competition, but as far as debut seasons go, it was satisfactory.

He then moved up to Great Lakes the next season and posted an .863 OPS, which got some folks to take notice. In fact, I ranked him as the Dodgers 17th-best prospect heading into 2011.

Unfortunately, Cavazos-Galvez jumped to Chattanooga last year and was exposed, posting a .781 OPS and not walking at all.

So when he started this season 4-for-27 (.148), no one was especially surprised. Then he busted out, smashing two home runs while going 4-for-5 on April 14th, and his OPS proceeded to more than double (from .405 to .833). Matching the pattern of consistent inconsistency, he was then mired in a 1-for-27 slump before busting out again with a 3-for-6, two home run performance. If the pattern keeps up, he’ll probably hit another two home runs in a couple of weeks.

Still, despite flashes of hope, his inability to draw walks is alarming.

  • 2009: 3.0% (301 AB)
  • 2010: 2.4% (490 AB)
  • 2011: 2.9% (411 AB)
  • 2012: 7.7% (65 AB)

In all honesty, he probably shouldn’t be getting as much playing time as he is with the Lookouts, but Kyle Russell is on the disabled list and the squad doesn’t have a legitimate full-time first baseman, though J.T. Wise is slowly taking hold of that role.

So the bottom line is that Cavazos-Galvez, who is now 24 (25 in May), isn’t much of a prospect. Despite flashes of brilliance that have some hoping he can be a contributor, he doesn’t have any defensive value, doesn’t steal bases anymore (43 in 2010, 18 total since), and hasn’t ever shown the ability to take a walk. It’s not a combination that usually leads to a productive baseball player.

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