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Scouting Update: Brian Guinn, INF, Cal (2010 Draft)

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April 16, 2010

Brian Guinn turned down the White Sox in the 10th round in 2007. Coming into the 2010 draft, Guinn should have a chance to go better, and should. Here’s why.

Guinn is a switch-hitter, whose natural side is left-handed. He is an above-average runner. However, what separates him can be summed up like this: This guy is quick as a cat.

Defense, for me, is what separates him as a pro prospect. He possess above average reflexes, glove-to-hand speed, good first step, and instincts. He made a play from second base where he ranged from normal depth all the way across the bat and onto the cut of the crass. He turned and got rid of the ball and threw out a runner. Here’s your comparison: Ozzie Smith.

Guinn doesn’t have above-average arm strength, but he compensates with above-average hands, release and accuracy. As a pro, I think he could play short, but I fear he may get typecast as a slap-hitting second baseman. I think that’s a bad call. If you play him at second base, it means you don’t have faith in his arm. However, if you play him at second, you give yourself a guy with 80 range at the position. That means you can play him next to a slower shortstop with an above-average arm. Guinn gives a club options and this should have value for him. At the very worst, this guy is a great fifth infielder, but that’s only if you think he won’t hit.

I think he’ll hit left-handed. Right-handed is a work in progress. His hands are quick but not strong enough to produce resounding authority, but his foundation is solid enough to where he can speed up his bat, slap to all fields, and run like hell. You won’t get power now or later. He has soft hands defensively, though sometimes his hands are in more of a hurry than he’s aware of. In time, Guinn should master his own actions and that’s going to raise his defensive value a notch. There’s a lot to like here.

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