By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 22, 2010
In our scouting report on Drew Vettleson, I likened him to Andre Ethier from the left side. Many of the qualities I liked are evident in this video. First, there’s no such thing as a multi-dimensional offensive player who isn’t very balanced and coordinated. This is one aspect that really struck me about this player. Hand-eye coordination and body coordination are key components to a solid foundation. Mix in some physical projection to an effortless swing and you have one of the more complete high school outfielders in this draft class.
As far as high school outfielders go in the 2010 draft, I think you can’t go wrong with a few guys. I would put Vettleson in this class, along with Austin Wilson, Brian Ragira and a handful of others. Like Wilson and Ragira, Vettleson profiles to have multiple tools. With Wilson it’s power and the arm. With Ragira it’s the hitting, running, throwing and power. Vettleson offers power potential, speed, and arm. As noted in the video, Vettleson pitched. He throws well and he’s got the body for it, but the arm speed to be a top guy on the mound wouldn’t be there. It would be enough for college baseball. Put him in right field, where I can hardly find guys who can throw, and it’s just fine. The more tools, the higher you go. Or should go, at least.