Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Scouting the 2019 Draft: Kameron Misner

Kameron Misner, OF, College(Missouri).  DOB:  1/9/1998.  B-L, T-L.  6'4", 220 lbs.

2017 College:  .282/.360/.446, 12 2B, 3B, 7 HR, 17 SB, 9.39 BB%, 22.45 K%, 245 PA.
2017 New England Collegiate League:  .378/.479/.652, 13 2B, 8 HR, 14 SB, 16.57 BB%, 11.83 K%, 169 PA.
2918 College:  .360/.497/.576, 9 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 13 SB, 20.00 BB%, 16.25 K%, 160 PA.

MLB Pipeline states Kameron Misner has the "best all-around tools in the 2019 college crop..."  Misner backs up the tools with on-field performance.  He has impressive speed and athleticism for a guy his size.  He's played mostly LF and 1B in college but has the arm to play RF and enough speed to play CF.  On video, he has a short quick swing and appears to do a good job of keeping his elbows in. He may be flying under the radar a bit because his missed the last 2 months of 2018 as well as the 2018 summer leagues after breaking his foot on a foul ball.  If he shows up healthy for his junior season and keeps on hitting, his stock could rise to the top 5.  MLB Pipeline currently has him ranked #11 while Fangraphs left him completely off their board.  I'm thinking that may be an oversight rather than intentional as several early mock drafts have him in the 10-19 range.  My comps are Cody Bellinger or a lefty version of Evan White from last year's draft.  Farhan Zaidi is very stats oriented but is also reputed to insist on tools, so I could see him really loving this kid.


DrB's Updated 2019 Draft Board:

1.  Bobby Witt Jr., SS, HS.  5-tool athlete with MLB bloodline who can stick at SS.

2.  Adley Rutschman, C, College(Oregon St).  Excellent catching prospect whose bat had a huge sophomore breakout.

3.  CJ Abrams, SS, HS.  4+ tool prospect with best wheels in draft.  Power lags a bit.

4.  Shea Langeliers, C, College(Baylor).  Solid catching prospect with potential for a plus bat.

5.  Andrew Vaughn, 1B, College(Cal).  Top college power bat in the draft.  Numbers guys will like him better than the scouts.

6.  Josh Jung, 3B, College(Texas Tech).  Disciplined bat with power potential.  Has arm to play 3B at highest level.

7.  Kameron Misner, OF/1B, College(Missouri).  Best all round tools among college draft prospects.  Stock could rise if he continues to put up solid stats.

8. Riley Greene, OF, HS.  Top HS bat in the draft with an advanced hit too with power.  Lack of speed pus a lot of pressure on the bat.

9.  Brennan Malone, RHP, HS.  Ideal pitcher's size and frame with projectability in a fastball that already touches 97 MPH.

10.  Graeme Stinson, LHP, College(Duke).  Jumbo sized lefty with "plus-plus" slider.  Low risk/high floor prospect, but I see him as a likely reliever in the pros.

11.  Carter Stewart, RHP, JC.  Has tools to be an ace.  Will need to overcome health concerns after "failing" physical with Braves last year.


  1. I've read that Zaidi wants the team to get younger and more athletic which is good. Do you think we'll see a big change in the type of players the Giants drafted from the John Barr era? Sounds like Zaidi likes players with tools.

    1. I think we'll see a lot less Joe Panik/Christian Arroyo type hitters under Zaidi who will go more for power and tools, but mostly power.

    2. Maybe.
      The Giants are old (#1), weak (#29 SLG & HR), don't get on base (#27 OBP), strike out a lot (#5), don't hit for average (#24 BA), and slow (middle in 3B & SB).
      Is "power" the answer?
      It may be power, but given the team as it stands, getting on base is first, moving the runners is second, and being "clutch" (whatever that is) is 3rd.
      Improve those, add an inning-eater SP and Harper, they could contend.
      And the grey-beard quad-fecta has to show up, with some help from Panik who is turning grey prematurely.
      Might as well bet the long shot in the derby.

    3. Zaidi quote: "They(Home Runs) are the easiest way to score.".....or something to that effect.