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2015 5th (163) - Jason Heinrich - LF - River Ridge Middle HS (FL)

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Huge bat speed. Hitter. Power.


Outstanding at WWBA WC

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This is from a Dodgers blog that had them picking him in the fifth round in their mock:

More or less stuck to the board on this pick and took a high school bat that we believe in in a big way that should be easier to sign than other high school bats rated as high left on the board.

Heinrich (#86) has serious offensive potential thanks to a quick, lofted swing that is short to the ball but packing power with a full extension. He's not particularly big, but he's a decent athlete for a first baseman and could be tried in left field. He carries risk as primarily a bat only player, but like Nevin, he has a solid hit tool and the chance for plus future power.


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I'm fine with the O's drafting players whose toolkit is tilted towards power in the early rounds. But it's certainly a change from recent years, when the O's loaded up on pitchers and toolsy position players at premium defensive positions in the early rounds.

It's hard for me to believe that this switch doesn't have something to do with the lack of production the O's are getting from corner bat positions at the major league and high minor league levels this season.

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