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Scouting Update/Video: Jeff Gelalich, OF, UCLA (2012 Draft)

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June 1, 2012

Yeah, I remember Jeff Gelalich from high school baseball. Here he is three years later and he’s done a nice job turning himself into a good draft prospect.

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Versatile corner outfielder with useable left-handed pop and average speed. Not a bad group of tools. Wow, that was by the book. Let me explain what I mean: I think his hands play. He’s got an easy swing that is best when he stays straight away and sprays the gaps. His swing tends to get long and he needs to prove breaking balls won’t beat him. He’s a solid average runner down the line and solid average around the bases. Arm is not standout but just playable enough. A little rigid out in right field, needs to move around a little better. I believe he has some infield in his background – versatility will be key for this guy in the coming years. This guy’s future is all about the left-handed bat, and as a fringy tools guy, that means his best chance is to rip in the minors and win a bench job in the big leagues. It’s been done before, out of this very conference, and those are the guys who tend to surprise you, especially if they get to pro ball and just rake from day one. You never want to write off left-handed hands, as those players are most likely to make you regret being too picky when he was an amateur player. You have to be careful  never write off a guy like this because he might surprise you in a few years. As an old scout once said, once you think you got it all sloved, “Up jump the devil.”

 

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