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Scouting Report: Christian Yelich, INF, Westlake (CA) HS (2010 Draft)

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April 16, 2010

Christian Yelich‘s tool is the bat, where his left-handed power projects to make him a corner guy. He should be too good of a hitter to be an all-or-nothing type. His arm is enough for third, but he’ll need to work on his actions if he’s going to stay there. He’s never run and never will, but don’t worry, nobody who wants to draft him is going to care.   

Christian Yelich, INF
6-4, 190
Bats: L, Throws: R
Westlake HS
Games seen: 6, Innings: 30

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Long, lean tall and projectable; high and narrow hips, long legs.

STRENGTHS: Loose, easy, explosive LHH swing; hitting approach gap-to-gap, power tailored for RF. Has enough arm to stay at 3B.

WEAKNESSES: Below-average runner and first step. Limited defensive range, needs to develop softer hands. Timing out-of-kilter in three looks this spring; much more locked in with wood and good pitching than with metal. Needs to keep hands back and trust them to take care of him.

SUMMARY: Very solid offensive foundation, projectable body, good arm, potential ML 3B candidate. Very solid HS draft.

GRADES (Present/Future):
Hit        20/60
Power  30/70
Run      30/30
Arm     50/50
Field     30/50
Overall Future Potential (OFP): 52
Adjusted OFP: 57.5

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