"I've never seen a ball come off the bat the way it does with his," says Bill
Geivett, the Rockies Director of Player Personnel, who has seen a lot of power
hitters. "Ryan has tremendous power and at 6-5, 230, he can absolutely crush. I
would definitely keep an eye on him."
Unsure of where to allocate their talent, the Rockies temporarily experimented with Ryan Shealy in the outfield in Spring Training 2006, playing alongside equally talented and newly established stars Brad Hawpe and Matt Holliday. Manager Clint Hurdle said Shealy would play primarily in right field at Coors if left-handed hitting Brad Hawpe was not in the lineup. However, an elbow injury - which would eventually suggest further sinister instances - emerged, forced the Rockies to sideline the 27-year old and move him back to first base.
Shealy is a career .324 AVG/.417 OBP/.594 SLG hitter in the minors. Those are
highly impressive numbers, but keep in mind the generally hitter-friendly
Rockies system. Shealy will crush fastballs in the majors, but it's not certain
how he'll handle advanced breaking stuff. Also, note the age.
Shealy would then spend most of early 2006 in AAA Colorado Springs, predictably raking for the Sky Sox (.919 OPS in 58 games).