By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
November 30, 2009
Tony Wolters is among the most coveted middle infield prospects among Southern California prospects available for the 2010 draft. He offers three tools that grade out to average or above-average on the major league scale.
Wolters was already on the radar this summer, but his MVP performance at the Aflac game in August cemented his stock. He won that game with a hard-hit ball into the right-field corner at Petco Park in San Diego. It capped a solid summer for Wolters, a left-handed hitter with surprising strength for a player of his stature. Here’s an early look at a potential first-round pick in June.
Wolters is a spark-plug type of player who would profile as a top-of-the-order middle infielder with contact, speed and arm strength capabilities as his primary tools. He doesn’t figure to have any more physical projection on a modest 5-10 frame, but his strength helps him compete and adds a notch of power projection to his bat. Defensively, Wolters has the arm to stay at shortstop. He will probably be signed as a shortstop, but were he to move to second base, his arm would be more than enough to make the across-the-body throw. He may lack a step to stay at short, but in a previous era, baseball was populated with shortstops who were similar to Wolters, who has fast hands defensively. Another prospect from baseball-rich San Diego, Wolters (Rancho Buena Vista HS) committed to play at the University of San Diego, along with fellow Aflac prospect Dylan Covey.