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May 22, 2013

Scouting the Draft

Center Fielders to Know

by Nick J. Faleris


One of the areas of strength in this draft class is high school center fielders; there’s a strong case for as many as seven or eight being selected in the first two rounds. The collegiate ranks are drastically thinner; the only two potential first-rounders are likely to end up elsewhere on the diamond. Because the prep ranks are so deep, there is excellent potential for a strong scouting department to identify good value in the third or fourth round.

Cream of the Crop

Clint Frazier | OF | Loganville HS (Loganville, GA)
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11/190 pounds
B/T: R/R
Draft Day Age: 18 years, 9 months
Scouting Video

Frazier began last summer’s scouting circuit as a potential first-rounder. He quickly established himself as a candidate for top-10 overall selection after piling up impressive performances at his various showcase stops. After a monster spring, Frazier has solidified his place as the top prep player on many, if not most, of MLB pref lists, possessing the tools and drive to emerge as the most impactful talent in the draft class. His loud and lively game begins with the best bat speed in the class, which helps him to produce easy plus-plus raw power that should play plus at the next level due to an occasionally overly-aggressive approach.

Earlier this spring, prior to his much-hyped faceoff with cross-town talent and travel teammate Austin Meadows, Frazier launched over 20 home runs during batting practice before showcasing a plus arm in the outfield with good accuracy, and a high-energy demeanor on the field. He followed up his eye-popping pregrame with a two-homer effort, the first of which traveled past the left-field fence, over a grass patch split by a road, and into the tree line some 60 feet beyond the field of play. (The at-bat is included in the scouting video link above, and the full home run from swing to dugout can be seen here.) With 70-plus evaluators in attendance, it was an assertive display by the Georgia commit, staking his claim to legit 1-1 consideration.

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