Monday, February 11, 2019

Scouting the 2019 Draft: Braden Shewmake

Braden Shewmake, SS, College(Texas A&M).  DOB:  11/19/1997.  B-L, T-R.  6'4", 190 lbs.

2018:  .325/.395/.450, 7 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 12 SB, 7.72 BB%, 7.72 K%.

Shewmake is a tall college shortstop who has hit well for Texas A&M for the first 2 seasons of his college career.  His sophomore season was not quite as impressive as his freshman season, but was still solid.  Scouts see an excellent hit tool although he may be sacrificing some power for contact.  The main rap on him is he may not be a shortstop at higher levels in the pros due to fringy arm strength.  He could move over to 2B, but his height is more problematic for the keystone bag than for SS.  This all means he may be a future corner OF or 1B where his power would have to develop more than for a MI position.

Love what I see on video swinging the bat.  It's a short, simple swing without much pre-swing movement.  He is physically well proportioned with room to fill out.  He will be valued on draft day by teams who think he can stick at SS and/or who think his power will develop.  MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the #21 Draft prospect. Fangraphs has him at #17.

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