By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
September 13, 2010
In a year where bats are hard to come by, you’d be hard pressed to find a better pure high school bat than Christian Lopes.
First of all, I think Lopes worked hard to improve his body from where I saw him last summer. I think that has helped him defensively and on the bases. You wouldn’t consider Lopes’s contact abilities a weakness, so what you would do is start looking for parts of his game he can improve before he turns pro. Last summer, I felt he would have to move over to third because I saw a guy with a low center of gravity. In the spring, he didn’t get down on a few ground balls I saw at a high school game. You kind of have to take high school games with a grain of salt these days, because top guys are used to playing against competition of their speed for most of the year, and then have to play the ordinary kids in the months leading up to the draft. I’ve seen good players get bored and look worse than they are.
This summer, I felt Lopes reminded me of a young pro. His infields were crisp – hands softer, bending knees more, more confident, better body, good arm, better accuracy. Now I’d want him to stay at shortstop at this stage. You hear a lot of people put Christian Colon on this guy. That’s fine, except I like Lopes more.
Offensively, he’s a spray man all the way, but it doesn’t mean he’s a singles hitter. He won’t be. He’ll spray the gaps and the power will come from there. He’s very balanced, gets very good extension, enough lift to show you he’ll have pop, stays very closed, and doesn’t waste BP rounds doing stupid things like pulling off, not using right field, or switch-hitting. I see a lot of BP junk on the road and I love this guy’s BP because he’s there to work and prepare. You get a clean look and it’s hard to find high school guys who give you that. We’ll have a lot more of him as we go towards the 2010 draft.
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