By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
April 25, 2011
Derek Starling has it all – a nickname, his own baseball card, athleticism, a college ride to Nebraska, some agent I’ve never heard of, and a high price tag. What he also has, based on the look I had at him in Summer 2010, is a striking resemblance in body, career path and swing to John Elway and Drew Henson. Historian and scholar that I am, let me just get out my Baseball Encyclopedia to see how those professional baseball careers fared.
Derek Starling, OF
Edgerton HS, Kansas
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tall, lean athletic body with physical projection.
ABILITIES: Plus athleticism, speed, arm, raw power.
WEAKNESSES: Raw play-ability, needs to show me he can turn his tools into skills, didn’t really see anything else than a guy geared pull with a long swing. Don’t really care what the corporate scouting sites say – if I want tools that can’t play, I’ll go to Instructs and watch kids just up from the Dominican Summer League.
SUMMARY: If he hits, he can be a guy. If he doesn’t, he can play college football.
OFP range for me: 50-55. OFP Range for his advisors: 60-65.
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