This weeks minor leaguer of the week is Cody Overbeck. Overbeck is the starting 3B for the High A Clearwater Threshers. Overbeck, 24 next month, was drafted by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 2008 draft. Overbeck struggled last season in Clearwater hitting .230. He did manage to 36 extra base hits (23 doubles, 1 triple, and 12 HRs) in 361 ABs. But enough with the history lesson, let’s look at the week that just ended.
- .348/.400/.957 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs.
That’s an impressive 1.357 OPS. Overbeck now has 7 Homeruns and 16 total extra base hits on the early season. He is almost a lock to have career highs in the power numbers. The only areas of concern are his strikeouts and his defense. He strikes out almost 20% of the time. He already has 2 errors charged to him in just 23 games.
Overbeck appears to have a lot of upside at a position of need. What also makes him work is the fact he is right handed. Polanco is signed thru 2012, so that gives Overbeck until then to find his way. It is very plausible that we are watching the beginning of the career of our third baseman of the future.