By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 29, 2010
Kendrick Perkins is among the better high school athletes available in the 2010 MLB Draft. He has a college commitment to Texas A&M, but we’ll have to wait and see if he gets there following the draft. Perkins gave up football at Houston’s La Porte High School, where he had been an All-greater Houston running back. His speed and his power are the tools that will take him into professional baseball. A good comparison for Perkins in terms of career path and talent is Carl Crawford, the Tampa Rays all-star centerfielder from Houston, who turned down a college football career to pursue baseball.
Kendrick Perkins, OF
La Porte HS, La Porte, TX
Games seen: 4, Innings: 20
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Strong physical features, long and lanky, broad shoulders and strong arms. Athletic build and actions with projection.
STRENGTHS: Above-average left-hander power with bat speed and torque, power is to left field and should develop into CF power. Above average speed and arm, should be prototype corner OF. Slashing, aggressive baserunner, starts and stops very well. Above-average athlete.
WEAKNESSES: Inexperienced hitter, needs competitive at-bats. Needs to shorten stroke with wood, which is correctable. Fast runner, will benefit from base running instruction. Average outfielder, should be able to improve footwork and positioning. Arm accuracy should improve with experience.
SUMMARY: Very projectable HS prospect, with three above-average tools in power, speed and arm. Easy athletic actions, chance to become a very good professional with experience. Hard to find high school athletes with three tools. Very desirable prospect.
Overall Future Potential: 58