4/10/10

4-10 DRAFT: - Derek Dietrich, Stefan Sabol, Perci Garner, Zach MacPhee... and Tony Wolters

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Derek Dietrich:


4-7 from: - http://mlbbonusbaby.com/  - Derek Dietrich, 3B, Georgia Tech: Though Dietrich is a current shortstop, I haven’t met a single scout in my experience at Georgia Tech games that wants to keep him at short. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one, but those who want to keep him at short aren’t part of the consensus. Dietrich has had a number of late-inning showcases at third in blowouts, and he’s shown the ability to be an above-average defender there, despite having slowed down considerably since high school. He still has a plus arm, and he’ll stick at third. At the plate, I was very critical of Dietrich early on, and that was echoed back to me in one particular conversation I had at the ballpark in early March. The scout didn’t like Dietrich’s swing or mindset at the plate, but it seems that has turned around the last month. After trying to pull everything for the first few weeks, Dietrich has calmed down and gone with his strengths, spraying the ball around the field and showing power to all fields. It’s hard to get pitches by him now with his new approach, and that has been refreshing to scouts that have been frustrated by a waste of natural talent for the better part of a year. He’s sneaking quickly up into the late first round conversation, and he’s more likely to land in the supplemental first round.

Stefan Sabol:

4-8 from: - http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/draft-tracker/2010/269779.html  - Three Down - Stefan Sabol, c, Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif. - Scouts have had questions about whether or not Sabol can stick behind the plate. Those questions have intensified this spring and the consensus seems to be that he'll have to move to an easier position as a pro—most likely a corner outfield position. If that's the case, teams will be drafting Sabol based mostly on his bat, and the bat has to be more of a sure thing if he's limited to a corner spot than it would have to be if he could continue to catch. He could still catch at the college level, and one scout predicted he'll wind up fulfilling his Oregon commitment. "He's really struggled defensively, especially with his receiving," an American League area scout said. "I think he's headed to college because right now, you'd have to send him out as a left fielder, and he's just not hitting like an elite bat right now."

Perci Garner:

4-7 from: http://www.baseballrumormill.com/2010/04/2010-draft-preview-matt-harvey-rising-kyle-blair-falling/#more  - Perci Garner, Ball State, RHP: A former quarterback for Ball State, Garner switched to baseball full-time in 2009 and the results have been promising. Though he is still very rough around the edges as a pitcher, he's already throwing 91-94 and has the strong, athletic build that one would expect from a former football player.

Zach MacPhee:

4-9 from: - http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/on-campus/2010/269792.html  - Top Hitter - Zack MacPhee, 2b, Arizona State - Without a consensus pick, let's give the nod to MacPhee, the best player for the nation's No. 1 team, Arizona State. The 5-foot-8, 172-pound second baseman's batting average (.429) is 100 points higher than Rendon's, and he actually has a higher on-base percentage than Rendon (.525 to .511), a higher slugging percentage (.755 to .701), and more RBIs (36 to 34), though he has just three homers to Rendon's 11. MacPhee's 10 triples lead the nation, and he has 11 steals in 12 attempts, demonstrating his ability to put his well-above-average speed to use. MacPhee has also taken advantage of his speed and added to his offensive versatility by learning to switch-hit, after spending most of last year batting only from the right side.

Tony Wolters:

4-9: Tony Wolters is a shortstop from Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista, Calif. He's a little undersized at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, but Wolters is a polished hitter that plays the game hard. He was the MVP of the Aflac All-American Game last summer at Petco Park and also played for Team USA's gold medal Junior National team, where he led the everyday players with a .371 batting average. Baseball America's Conor Glassey caught up with Wolters recently over the phone for an interview. Check it out to hear about Wolters' approach in his at-bats, the prank he played on his friends for April Fools Day and what four people he would like to have over for dinner. . . link to Q&A

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