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January 30, 2014

Scouting the Draft

Positional Preview: High School Corner Infielders

by Nick J. Faleris


Previous Positional Previews:

Position at a Glance
This cross-section of a draft class tends to stand in stark contrast to the middle infielders we examined in the most recent entry of this series. When prospects are slotted into a corner profile before beginning their pro careers, there is a significant increase in pressure on the bat, requiring projection to not just adequacy, but impact at the major-league level in order for that draft-eligible player to carve out a prominent spot on draft boards. A typical class at the corners will usually provide one or two potential impact talents to go with a few more solid all-around hit/power bats and a wide collection of power upside with utility questions. This year’s crop fits that description, though it’s arguably a little thin on second tier, more well-rounded offensive profiles.

Player Spotlight

Michael Chavis | 3B/2B/OF | Sprayberry (Marietta, GA) | Commit: Clemson
Height/Weight: 5-foot-10/195 pounds
B/T: R/R
Draft Day Age: 18y 10m

Chavis hits. That’s the simplest description of the Clemson commit's profile. He utilizes a short and explosive swing that produces regular loud contact and allows him to both turn on velocity and let pitches travel on the outer half. The lack of load can lead to an abrupt entry into the swing and inconsistent barrel delivery—something that could potentially be exposed by more advanced pitching, even if it leads to more soft contact than empty swings. Those issues have yet to surface, however, and the core of the profile remains Chavis’ ability to put barrel to ball on a consistent basis.

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