Jiwan James is a high-ceiling prospect that could be adequate as a fourth outfielder.
The Braves need for a fourth outfielder along with the lack of high-ceiling prospects in the outfield could make them a potential match for toolsy Phillies prospect Jiwan James.
James, who will turn 23 year old at the start of the 2012 season, is fast and plays good defense in center field. He's also a true five-tool prospect, although is extremely raw at this point and hasn't played in Double-A yet. For that reason he could fit in for a year as the 25th man on the roster and then get sent back in the minors in 2013 to continue his development.
James has put up extremely similar numbers over the past two seasons across two levels, but is yet to really start breaking out. In 2010, playing in Low-A, James hit .270/.321/.365 with five homers, 64 runs batted in, 132 strikeouts and went 33 for 53 in stolen base attempts. In High-A this year he hit .268/.327/.363, with four homers, 38 runs batted in, 120 strikeouts and went 31 for 47 in stolen base attempts.
James potential makes him a guy likely to end up getting picked by some team, and the fact he could fill a small role in the Majors next year before getting sent back to the minors only helps. The Braves would be wise to consider taking a high-upside player like James when he's this cheap.