Originally written on Chop-N-Change  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Todd Cunningham was the second round pick of the Atlanta Braves (53rd overall) out of Jacksonville State University in the 2010 draft. Upon being drafted, Cunningham was sent to Rome, where he OPSed .679 in 65 games. In those 65 games, Cunningham showed decent plate discipline (14 walks, 30 strikeouts) and minimal power (.078 ISO). He went to Lynchburg for the 2011 season, and including a four game rehab stint in the GCL, he hit .255/.346/.354 with 15 stolen bases.

Some immediate thoughts about Cunningham's 2011 season. His plate discipline was roughly the same as it was in 2010, with 34 walks and 52 strikeouts in 91 games. That's actually pretty good, especially in comparison to some of the prospects in the organization. His power also increased, as his ISO jumped up to .099. The power is still pretty minimal for a corner outfielder, but I'm wondering how much his injury in the middle of the season sapped his power.

Cunningham also had a stint in the hitter-friendly AFL, and while it's a small sample size, his performance there worries me. In an 18 game stint in the desert, Cunningham hit just .250/.319/.344. He walked five times and struck out 13 times while hitting five extra base hits. More troubling is his performance against right-handers, whom he hit just .212/.293/.250 against. I don't know his splits for the 2011 regular season (thanks MILB.com!), but in 2010, he hit .259/.344/.327 against righties, which indicates there's a history of a lack of power against them.

But as I said a paragraph ago, a lot of Cunningham's future depends on how much the injury affects him in the future. There was a clear problem with him once he returned in August, and that tempered his numbers a good bit. He's very good defensively and can play all three outfield positions, and could break out in 2012, which he should be spending in Missisippi

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