Player: Mike Yastrzemski
Drafted by: Baltimore Orioles (No. 429 overall)
Height/Weight: 5'10"/185 lbs.
Previously Drafted: 2009: 36th round by Boston Red Sox
As the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, Mike was, unsurprisingly, a late-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox four years ago. He instead decided to attend the University of Vanderbilt, one of the best baseball and academic programs in the country.
While not a true prospect in the sense that he will have a bright future in the big leagues, Yastrzemski could be a solid backup on a team with a few breaks along the way.
He is having his best college season in 2013, hitting over .300 with a .413 on-base percentage and a .453 slugging percentage.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Shows solid hitting acumen; very polished approach at the plate; very short, quick to the ball; will use entire field; lacks bat speed but makes up for it with instincts and feel for hitting; could hit for average in part-time role.
Well below-average power; lack of size and bulk prevent him from really being able to drive the ball; sprays the ball all over the field but won't hit much over the fence; could luck into eight to 10 homers per season.
Plate Discipline: 45/50
Feel and baseball instincts help his hit tool play up; small strike zone also gives him advantage of being able to take some walks; good idea of the zone and won't chase a lot out of the zone; some issues with better breaking balls.
Straight-line speed doesn't wow you; smarts on the bases and in the field help running speed play better than it is; gives him a chance to play in center field, increasing his value to a big league team.
Defense grade depends on where you put him; as a corner outfielder, could be above average with above-average arm strength and range; lack of hit profile makes him better suited for center, though his lack of speed limits range.
Arm strength and accuracy are only above-average tools; would play easily in right field; if he moved to center, would be among better arms at the position in the league.
MLB Player Comparison: Endy Chavez
Projection: Backup or No. 4 outfielder on first-division team. May be able to start for a season or two on second-division team.
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 95%
In addition to greatly improving his draft stock during four years at Vanderbilt, his talent puts him in the seventh- or eighth-round mix. Yastrzemski will also be a rather easy sign for a team, as he is a senior and has little leverage to negotiate against a team.
You can put him right into the lower levels of a minor league system and know that he will be able to hold his own and provide some guidance to younger players along the way.
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