Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Astros first 3rd round pick is outfielder

The Houston Astros drafted Telvin Nash with the 100th overall pick in the third round of the 2009 draft. The 18-year old left fielder from Griffin High School in Griffin, Georgia just doesn't show up on many scouting reports. He's listed at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds and is every bit that imposing a player in his video on MLB.com. Nash is currently committed to Kennesaw State and is rumored to be a tough sign.

Nash has a swing that definitely can play to some significant power, and was rated as being the top prep power hitter in the state. His pre-swing stance is very busy, with some extra knee movement that could be eliminated. It works for him now, so I'm not one to advocate changing, but complicated swings can get out of whack easily. Going off of thirty seconds of video is dangerous, but there were a couple of times that his swing looked long, though it also was very smooth at times too. We'll see how he plays at the next level, but it looks like he's got plus power potential.

In the outfield, his arm looks like it will play alright, though it's telling that the Astros listed him as a left fielder. He moved pretty well around the bases, so he should be able to stay on the corners and his arm looked like it could be an asset in left. He also apparently played third base at times next to former first round pick shortstop Tim Beckham.

The MLB Network commentators, including Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis, didn't have much to say about Nash, as he doesn't seem to have many scouting reports. But, the point Callis made was that Bobby Heck must have good conviction in his scouts finding guys and not caring about the "consensus." They select who they think is worth the pick. So far, so good. Hopefully, Nash will continue that trend.

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