6/10/10

Round 5 - OF - Matt den Dekker - (updated)

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6-10 from: - http://www.prospectjunkies.com  - The Mets took one of the best draft eligible seniors in the draft in, Matt den Dekker of Florida. An unsigned 16th round pick from 2009 after a disappointing junior year, den Dekker will come cheap to the Mets and provide a nice return on their investment.

6-8 from: - http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/MLB_Draft - 152. New York Mets - Matt DenDekker, OF, Florida - The senior doesn't hit for much power, but he plays a terrific center field and he took on the leadership role this year for the Gators. He makes good contact and can steal bases. He profiles as a fourth or fifth outfielder in the bigs.


6-8 fr. Mack: Round 5 - #152 overall – OF Matt den Dekker – First of all, this is one of the top defensive outfielders in the NCAA. His arm is okay but his overall play in thefield is first team defensive. Secondly, den Dekker is a speedster on the basepaths that projects out as a 20-25 steal per season guy. Had a real bad junior year which cost him being drafted anywhere decently last year. Bounced back this season by leading the Gators in hitting (.355). This season: 12th in the SEC in batting average, 10th in hits, and 6th in steals. You’re ont going to find much pop here my guess he has excellent potential to become a major league utility outfielder.
Projection: First of all, this was an excellent 5th round pick. den Dekker was projected by most of the experts as going earlier, based on his talent, not whether or not he can be signed.

Draft Grade (for a 5th round pick): A

2-8 from http://www.pnrscouting.com/  : - mock drafted 171st

5-5 from: - http://collegebaseball360.com/2010/05/04/cb360-primetime-performers-11-may-4  - Florida senior centerfielder Matt den Dekker (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) headlined the 11th installment of the CB360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll. The veteran den Dekker continued to lead the young Gators squad during weekend action on April 30-May 2, as Florida (#7 at the time in the CB360 Composite National Rankings) posted its first series sweep of LSU (CNR #13) since the 1996 season. The 6-1, 210-pound lefthanded hitter swung a hot bat throughtout the series – going 8-for-13 (.615) over the course of the three games while totaling 5 RBI and 5 runs scored (plus a home run and 3-of-3 on stolen bases). Widely regarded as one of the nation’s elite centerfielders, the speedy den Dekker flashed those defensive skills to further help Florida double up LSU in total runs, 28-14, during the three-game series (7-3/8-5/13-6).

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