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.