Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scouting the 2015 Draft: Cornelius Randolph

Cornelius Randolph is a 6'1', 190 lb, B-L, T-R HS SS out of Georgia.  He does not have a SS body but has SS athleticism.  Ran a 6.94 60 and hit 92 MPH on an IF throw.  Likely won't be a SS in the majors, but like Yoan Moncada, he could move just about anywhere else.  With the arm and athleticism, 3B seems like a reasonable destination but 2B, 1B and OF are also possibilities.  He has an advanced feel at the plate with a short, quick swing with very little foot movement much like Joe Panik, but possibly with a lot more power potential than Panik. A couple of comments from the PG scouting report from the National Showcase:  "Short aggressive swing.  Ball jumps off bat."  "Quality swings agains good breaking balls from lefties."  I really like what I see of this kid.  The non-SS body will drop him in the draft into the supplemental first or 2'nd round.  Those are good spots to take a chance on high upside HS hitters and I wish the Giants would take some shots there.  BA has him ranked as the early #40 2015 draft prospect.  Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs has him at #44.

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  1. Hmmm possible 2nd round for us?

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  2. Mayo/Callis have him at #32. I like that quick explosive swing. I would love this pick for Los Gigantes, they'd most likely have to do it with the Pablo pick.

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    1. The Giants have historically not taken prospects similar to Randolph in the first 3-4 rounds.

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  3. DrB, any idea how this draft is shaping up with regards to depth compared to other years? I'm sure it'll be easier to answer once we're farther along into the season.

    Thanks!
    Alan

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    1. It seems quite good as far as depth goes. There is no clear # 1 or even top 5, so most draft watchers call it a weak draft. Drafts are generally judged almost exclusively by the top 10 picks.

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  4. He's another guy who's top 30 in my book. Very nice looking swing, athleticism to go with it.

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    1. He might be top 10 if he had the body to stick at SS, but since he does not, I think he will likely end up somewhere in the supplemental round.

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