By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 7, 2010
Powerfully built with signs of right-handed power to all fields, Kevin Keyes is going to go as far as his power will take him.
For me, Keyes profiles as a corner player with power to play every day. I would see him at 1B, RF or LF. In this video, you can see raw strength. Keyes gets his power from his strong upper half and torso, but he gets his quickness from his hands. I see signs that he trusts his hands and will be able to keep them back. This guy should have some ability at the fastest levels of the game to wait out pitches he doesn’t like, or be fooled, and still hit it hard.
Overall, I think Keyes is better than most draft rankings give him credit for, because I think his power plays. I don’t see one tool that is so below average that it scares me away. My pro philosophy with a guy like this would be to not ask him to take away what he does best, which is drive the ball for power. As the saying goes, Dance with the lady who brought you to the dance.