By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
December 23, 2009
Texas high school prospect Jared Lakind signed with Arkansas, where he could also serve as a left-handed pitcher. Here’s a look at him swinging the bat.
I expect his future to be as a left-handed hitting corner infielder or outfielder. Listed at 6-2, 200, Lakind should have room for physical projection. I saw him hit a ball very well to straightaway centerfield, an early sign of the potential to hit with power to all fields. Guys who usually have that kind of power potential sometimes don’t show it immediately when they first start hitting with wood, because it’s a skill so closely associated with strength which has yet to fully develop.
Frankly that’s a good sign because nobody wants to be as good as they’re going to be as a teenager. The reason is because the hands work. Lakind gets the good sound with wood, though he’ll still have to shorten his stroke a bit and prove he can defend the inner half. He showed adjustability signs, which is another positive. A reasonable guy to compare to Lakind might be Ryan Wheeler, who was the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league player of the year as a rookie in 2009.