By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 11, 2010
Chad Lewis will be on the want list for many Southern California area scouts entering the 2010 draft season. A look at the video will show why.
The first thing people notice about Lewis is the power and the body type, which would be ideal for staying at third base if he can prove he can do it. Lewis likes to get his arms extended and he shows the potential to hit for power to all fields. I’ve seen the right-handed hitting Lewis get balls out 390 feet to right field. When locked in, Lewis will finish with two hands with wood. He looked stronger in fall than he did in the summer, and is the kind of player where improved conditioning and flexibility in the coming years will help maximize his talents. He has large and strong hands and shoulders, which are also physical features beneficial for hitting for power.
Like a lot of big and strong amateur third base types, Lewis will have to show that he can shorten his stroke with wood and not be exposed by hard pitching on the inner half. His arm strength showed improvement from summer to fall and he may have more in there. Range and hands will be something to work on, as will speed. One thing about Lewis is that he’s the kind of player where scouting him with a metal bat won’t teach you that much. You need to see him hit with wood, but the high school season will be beneficial for checking on other aspects of this prospect’s game. The power potential is there and that will be his future.