In the 2013 Major League Baseball draft the Cincinnati Reds made an interesting selection in the 23rd round. That’s when they took Narciso Crook out of Gloucester County College. At first glance, nothing really stands out about it. But then you looked at the age and realized he was a 17-year-old college student. His first two seasons in the organization were hit-and-miss. The production wasn’t great, but as a teenager he showed real tools. Then 2016 and 2017 happened and he missed most of both seasons due to injury.

Healthy again, the Reds assigned Narciso Crook to the Dayton Dragons to begin the year. It was a place he’s been before, and a level back from where he had played last. In the first five games of the season things didn’t go well for the outfielder. He went just 1-13 (.077) with two walks. Things got better from there, granted in somewhat limited playing time. From April 11th through the end of the month he played in 12 games and hit .308/.391/.615 with nine extra-base hits. During April he hit .250/.339/.481 in 62 total plate appearances.

In May things picked up there they left off, mostly, in April. In his first eight games of the month, Narciso Crook hit .286/.333/.607 as he continued to show off plenty of power. On May 12th he was promoted to Advanced-A Daytona. The early returns on the promotion were slow in the batting average area, but he hit .200/.314/.433 in the remaining 10 games of the month with the Tortugas. Between the two stops he hit .241/.323/.517 in 65 plate appearances with nine extra-base hits.

June got out to a tough start for Narciso Crook. He went just 4-18 (.222) with a walk in his first five games. But opportunity came knocking and the Reds promoted the then 22-year-old outfielder to Double-A Pensacola. To say that things got out to a quick start with the Blue Wahoos would be an understatement. In his first week there he hit .476 and slugged .762. Over the final two weeks of the month things slowed down, though. Between the two stops he hit .318/.384/.409 during June over a 74 plate appearance stretch.

The power showed up the first week of July for Narciso Crook, who slugged .667 – but he hit just .250 without a walk in that span, too. The average picked up over the remainder of the month for the outfielder, hitting .278. The power, however, dried up some, as he had just two doubles in the remaining 41 plate appearances. He finished July with the fewest trips to the plate of any month on the season, hitting .271/.315/.417 in 54 plate appearances.

July finished in a 1-7 slump and that carried over into August. Over the first five games played, Narciso Crook hit just .083, but did walk as many times as he struck out. He’d go 3-8 in the next two games, but then went into a big slump over the next 11 days, hitting just .045 – going 1-22. Over the final two weeks of the year Crook turned things around and turned things up. He would hit .478 the rest of the way with more walks, four, than strikeouts, three. The big slump didn’t help the production over his final 25 games as he hit just .246/.351/.277 in that span. But his 11 walks and just 15 strikeouts showed an interesting step forward in plate discipline.

2018 Season Stats for Narciso Crook

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2018 Spray Chart for Narciso Crook

Longest Home Run of the Year

404 feet on June 9th.

Narciso Crook Scouting Report

Hitting | Narciso Crook can hit the ball hard, but he’s also prone to soft contact. His hit skill can improve in the future, but scouts see a below-average hit tool long term.

Power | We’ve seen Crook go on stretches of power in his career, but he’s never put together a big power output season. To be fair, 2018 was the first healthy year he’s had in his 20’s. There’s at least average power in there, perhaps above-average home run power. He’s strong and has some bat speed. Right now the power doesn’t quite play up to it’s raw grade, though.

Speed | He’s got average to slightly above-average speed.

Defense | Crook shows good range in left and right field. He’s played center field, more so in the past, but he’s stretched there these days.

Arm | His arm is a bit below-average.

After two straight lost seasons due to injury it was nice to see Narciso Crook back on the field. He made up for some lost time by having the best season of his professional career. He does seem to have lost a step from the last time he was fully healthy, but he’s still got solid speed. Overall his power was solid, though at the higher levels it was down. The power potential remains there, though – it’s just a matter of tapping into it. The big step forward for Crook was the plate discipline. Not only did he cut down on his strikeout rate, setting a career low, he also set a career high in walk rate. There’s still work to do, but he’ll be 23-years-old next season and already has time in Double-A. The current profile suggests there’s a chance as a 4th outfielder. If the power fully develops, though, things could get interesting.

2 Responses

  1. MK

    Narciso is one of the most quality kids that have come through Dayton, one of my all time favorites. Seeing his interaction with teammates away from the field he is most certainly a good teammate. A Dominican native who grew up in New Jersey he really associates well with both groups (American and Latin). He could really have been down about coming back to Dayton to start the season but you could not tell it. He was positive and played hard. He should get a stronger arm the further he gets away from injury problems. If you like rooting for a good person he would be the one.