The John Drennen File
Born: Aug. 26, 1986 in Honolulu, HI
Acquired: Sandwich draft pick (33rd overall) in 2005 from Rancho Bernardo (CA) HS
Strengths: He's a high energy worker with good swing plane and gap power. Has good instincts on basepaths despite average speed. Did improve walk-to-strikeout ratio in 2008.
Weaknesses: Went backwards in second season at Kinston with 10 fewer homers, 38 fewer RBI and a 19-point drop in batting average to .235. Fooled by off-speed stuff and pulls off ball trying for fences. Needs to relax and drive the ball up the middle.
2009 Projections: A third season at Kinston -- he must start to meet expectations of a first-round pick.
2008 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER