By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 4, 2010
The University of Texas loves left-handed hitting San Angelo Central HS infielder Christian Summers. Have a look at the video and you’ll see why many scouts in Texas feel the same way.
Summers has several positive characteristics that could make him an immediate contributor for the Longhorns if he doesn’t decide to sign following the draft. Listed at 6-3, 190, Summers has a long frame and is already showing the signs of physical projection and new musculature. Offensively, Summers showed good hands with wood and an awareness of consistently keeping them back.
He drives through the ball with wood and gives you the two-hand finish, indicating hands and forearm strength. A high school shortstop, my crystal ball says that Summers’ future as a pro is at third base, because his arm strength projects as a weapon but his speed does not.
A very solid infielder with workable hands, Summers could probably stay at short in college but I have a feeling he’ll find his way to third sooner rather than later. However, if this player develops as the signs say he may be able to, this could be an Evan Longoria type of college third baseman and a player on national radars in three years – if he gets that far.
Summers has the combination of physical projection, power projection, good hands and durable frame that the pro-side generally feels is better served getting its teeth cut professionally as soon as possible. We shall see.