By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 27, 2012
Patrick Wisdom is another example of identifying a guy a year before his draft cycle. I liked him a lot when I took this video in 2011 and I’m pretty sure the 2012 draft will prove me right.
This guy reminded me a lot of Mike Olt, now a Rangers prospect who I saw a lot of on the Cape in 2009 and in Spring 2010 when UConn made its California swing. Same right-handed set-up, nearly same stance, same swing, same bat speed, same flahses of raw power and pull power in games. Wisdom’s career path also reminded me of Mark Teahen, who was nobody when he got to St. Mary’s and left as a top 100 player, just like Wisdom will. The reason he will go good is because power that can stay at third base is hard to find. His other tools play just fine — solid average arm, though like many young third baseman, he needs about 10,000 ground balls to be a major league ready infielder. He also ran a very solid average. I liked him a lot. This is a guy who played two years in Alaska, showing you that the Cape Cod League is not the end-all-be-all of human existence.
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