Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Dustin Pedroia Report

Dustin Pedroia, SS, Boston Red Sox
Drafted 65th Overall (2nd Rd), 2004 Draft, Arizona State
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 5'8", 180 lbs

I was baffled when Pedroia wasn't drafted in the first round. I understand that his tools aren't going to draw a lot of attention, and that most agree that he's a future second baseman instead of a shortstop. But this is a capable middle infielder who drew more walks as a junior (48) than he stuck out in his entire college career (47). In case you were wondering, that final K/BB ratio was 47/108. That's always a good sign. As a pro, he started in the South Atlantic League and moved up to the Florida State League. Combined, he hit .357/.435/.535 with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs, 19 walks, and 7 strikeouts in 157 at bats. He's clearly a very advanced hitter who controls the strikezone like his life depended on it. And he clearly has no problem making contact most of the time. He is on the fast track.

Chances are that he'll move to second base pretty soon. That isn't much of a concern to the Red Sox though since they recently signed Edgar Renteria to a long term deal and they have Hanley Ramirez rocketing through the minors. He should be an excellent second baseman. And he's a perfect middle infielder for the sabermetric set.

ETA: Early 2006
4 Stars

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