Sunday, November 17, 2013

Scouting the Draft: Ti'Quan Forbes

By popular demand, our next 2014 Draft profile will be HS SS Ti'Quan Forbes.  Here's the thing about Ti'Quan:  He's 6'4", 175 lbs with all kinds of room to fill out his frame giving him enormous power potential.....and he's athletic enough to stick at SS!  He already shows flashes of power and already has an advanced opposite field approach at the plate according to PG's scouting report.  His time in the 60 yard dash is reported as 6.56 and 6.4.  He also has an arm throwing in the high 80's off a mound.  He is B-R, T-R.

On Video, he has quick, athletic actions in the field.  At the plate his bat is a bit too busy while waiting for the pitch and he appears to have a double load with a bit of a hand and right shoulder dip.  Those will need to be worked on.  The swing itself is fairly short and gets to the ball quickly.  He has a slightly open stance that he maintains throughout the swing enabling him to turn on pitches and drive them to left.

Ti'Quan Forbes may have a ceiling as high as Jacob Gatewood and appears to have a better chance to stick at SS.  He has some things in his swing that will need work.

BLF has him ranked #36 in their early rankings.  Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball has him at #24.  BA has him at #39 with the comment that he is "young and spindly", a "premium athlete and plus runner" and "will need time to develop with the bat."

I have the sense that Ti'Quan Forbes' stock is rising and he will be drafted in the first round, possibly in the top 20, but again this is a very deep draft and very good players will fall into the supplemental first and second rounds.

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