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2019 3rd round pick (79): Zach Watson - CF - LSU

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From MLB Pipeline where he was ranked 111

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Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 70 | Arm: 45 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45

As a freshman, Watson was Louisiana State's most dangerous hitter in the postseason, homering five times in 12 games as the Tigers made it to the 2017 College World Series finals. He hasn't shown quite the same power since but has posted identical stat lines in each of his three years of college while impressing with his speed and defense. After dropping to the Red Sox in the 40th round amid signability concerns as a sophomore-eligible, he'll go in the first five rounds this June.

Watson's best pure tool is his well above-average speed. His quickness and instincts allow him to steal bases and chase down balls all over center field, where he has a playable if fringy arm. His defensive ability is reminiscent of that of former LSU star Andrew Stevenson, who has seen big league time with the Nationals.

Watson's offensive game draws more mixed reviews from scouts. He has surprising bat speed and sneaky power for a speedster who's not physically imposing, though he gets caught up swinging for the fences too often. He'll need to make some adjustments to his right-handed stroke and improve his pitch recognition and plate discipline to handle more advanced pitching.

 

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27 minutes ago, doccat said:

Meh.... I've seen him play.    Good speed.   May not have enough arm for center and I have Cadyn Grenier type concerns about the bat....

My guess is this is to free up some money to spend on other choices.  We could have had much more highly regarded guys with this pick...

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5 minutes ago, doccat said:

Meh.... I've seen him play.    Good speed.   May not have enough arm for center and I have Cadyn Grenier type concerns about the bat....

My guess is this is to free up some money to spend on other choices.  We could have had much more highly regarded guys with this pick...

http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?ID=206428#Batting

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5 minutes ago, MurphDogg said:

I expected an over-slot here and this guy isn't one. 

Edit: never mind. 

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Just now, Ohfan67 said:

Maybe they need cash for the second round guy? 

All the High School arms want millions. 

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