Thursday, November 14, 2013
Scouting the Draft: Jack Flaherty
There are folks out there who think that Jack Flaherty has the best bat in the 2014 draft. That is in the ENTIRE draft! Flaherty is a B-R, T-R, HS SS who profiles as a professional 3B where his athletic ability should enable him to be a superior defender. He's 6'4", 205 lbs but has the frame to easily handle filling out to around 220 lbs. His scouting reports laud his footwork and hands and he has enough arm to be considered a 2-way prospect.
The bat is what gets everybody excited though. From BLF's scouting report, he drives the ball gap-to-gap and can drop the bathead on a low and inside pitch. He is patient and selective at the plate. As he fills out his frame, he should be able to hit it out of any park to any field. PG says, "big bat to watch, ball comes off barrel very well. Showed big power potential and ran a 6.37 at PG National." BLF comps him to Scott Rolen. I'm thinking he's another Kris Bryant and I see some Matt Holliday in him.
Looking at his video, he hold the bat high and away from his body. His load is fairly short and quick. He takes a small slide step with is front foot and drives the bat through the strike zone. He appears to have some length to his swing, which you might expect from a 6'4" dude.
He was named MaxPreps National Player of the Year and played on the 2013 USA Baseball 18U National Team. He as named to the 2013 HS All America team by both BA and USA Today. He is committed to North Carolina.
BLF has him ranked #37 which I think is probably too low. Mack Ade of Mack's Mets has him at #7 in his early mock draft. Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball has him at #34 but also has him listed at 5'11, 165 lbs which is clearly wrong if you look at the video. BA has him all the way down at #45 in their early rankings.