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Orioles 2nd round pick - CF Xavier Avery (HS)


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*Xavier Avery, H.S. CF, 5' 11 -180, (CA) -- Speedy center fielder with raw hitting ability, but lack of projectable power. Kenny Lofton/Carl Crawford come to mind...great athleticism, but should need patience, hard work and refinement to have it pay off.

66 AB's> .561 BA, 8 HR's, 24 RBI, 35 SB's

I had him rated at 67... good athletic prospect with big speed.

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59 XAVIER AVERY, OF, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.

Athleticism, speed and the unknown are all words coinciding with Avery. This spring he signed to play football as a running back with Georgia. A center fielder, Avery is one of the fastest players in the draft and has been timed at 6.2 seconds in the 60-yard dash. However, Avery is hampered by the poor level of competition on his high school team's schedule, making him a tough player for scouts to evaluate this spring. He was visible last summer and performed well both in the East Cobb league and on the showcase circuit, leading to his being named an Aflac all-American. Avery's tools are thought to be raw, as are his instincts. However, with his speed, he is projected to be an above-average outfielder with an average arm, similar to Carl Crawford. At the plate, Avery's ability is even more of a projection. Hitting lefthanded and having above-average speed will always give Avery a chance to hit for average, but scouts feel he is still a ways away with the bat and his approach. Avery could be an exponential improver with proper instruction and multiple at-bats in the minor leagues.

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At first glance I thought Kieron Pope, but this guy can hit for contact and not power and Pope was the other way around. I like the odds better on Avery for that reason. You can develop power later if you put the bat on the ball. Hopefully we will get him signed and he will benefit from professional coaching.

Still a very risky pick though for a team that needs talent soon, preferably in 2010/11.

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I don't like this pick at all...Too many better prospects there for them to take a project right here, especially one who sounds like another Lorenzo Scott/Darnell McDonald guy.

Not to mention our hitting instruction sucks in the minors. We don't need another "project."

Not a good draft so far...

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