Tigers Prospect Profile: Deik Scram

Scram will likely head to Fifth Third in '07

Like many prospects in their first season of pro ball, Deik Scram struggled at points, but also impressed to the point that he's likely locked up a starting spot in the West Michigan outfield. Can Scram continue that growth and morph into a potential big league outfielder?

Deik Scram
Position: Outfielder
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Born: 2/1/1984
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Background
Scram started his collegiate career at Cowley County Community College in 2004; and he kicked it off with a bang. His freshman campaign saw him hit .376 with 12 steals and a .613 slugging percentage. Following his impressive debut campaign, the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the 45th round of the 2005 draft. That wasn't enough to deter Scram from returning to Cowley for his sophomore season, and he proceeded to put together a positively dominating season; hitting .456 with 34 steals, 49 RBI, and 29 extra-base hits in 55 games.

Scram's strong commitment to Oklahoma State steered teams away from re-drafting him in 2005, and it would be safe to say the Cowboys were thankful for that. Working in an outfield rotation, Deik posted a .363/.446/.631 line with 13 doubles and 7 triples in 57 games. Despite rampant beliefs that Scram may need additional game experience at OSU, he opted to sign after the Tigers selected him in the 18th round of the 2006 draft.

After signing, Scram debuted at Oneonta of the New York-Penn League, and made a very solid transition to the pro game. Deik's .281/.352/.409 line displayed promise, and it included six triples, which tied him for 4th in the NYPL.

Scouting Report
Despite Deik's small stature, he projects as a player that could develop into a true five-tool talent. His most outstanding asset is his blazing speed, which was impressively clocked at 6.39 seconds in the 60-yard dash, by the OSU coaching staff. His speed – though electric – has yet to translate to the field, as Deik must learn the nuances of base running and outfield play. With continued game experience, he should move from being a plus-plus runner in practice, to a plus-plus runner in games.

Offensively, Scram is a very pure hitter, having demonstrated the ability to adjust to different pitches throughout the strike zone. He can spray line drives from line-to-line, and uses his speed to take extra bases with regularity. While he has excellent natural strength, he has yet to develop homerun power. Coaches have begun working on adding some upper-cut to his swing, while also focusing on trying to turn on pitches touching the inner half of the plate; hoping to tap into his homerun potential.

Defensively, he is an inexperienced outfielder, having played shortstop prior to attending Oklahoma State. His routes and reactions in the outfield are still a bit rough, but progress can be seen from one game to the next. He has a tremendous work ethic and a good baseball aptitude, so the position switch should continue to make significant progress.

As raw as he is at this time, Deik's overall ceiling is difficult to project, but with continued strides forward, he could become a centerfielder on the order of David DeJesus or Coco Crisp circa 2005. At his present level, with only modest gains, Scram could easily morph into a very solid fourth outfielder at the big league level.

Performance

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

SS-A

Oneonta

235

.281

12

2

29

62

26

.362

.409


Health Record
Scram has remained healthy throughout his collegiate and brief professional careers. His desire to remain in top physical condition should aid him in avoiding the nagging injuries that tend to plague "all or nothing" type players.

The Future
Scram will without a doubt debut the 2007 season in the West Michigan outfield, and with sustained success throughout the first half, could see Lakeland at some point late in the year. An outfield that is likely to contain Scram, 3rd round pick Brennan Boesch, and Venezuelan speedster Gorkys Hernandez should be extremely exciting for fans in Grand Rapids.

The horrific hitter's environment in West Michigan will likely mask some of Scram's efforts, but his ability to hit for average and control the strike zone should be evident from the start. Expect to see flashes of power while on the road. If fans in Lakeland catch a glimpse of Deik late this year, it means he's made tremendous progress and could be shooting up the Tiger prospect lists in short order.

Mark Anderson covers the Tigers' minor league system and all of minor league baseball for TigsTown.com. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.

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