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Nebo86 06-05-2012 10:55 PM

Two Shortstops, Both Little League Alumni, Taken in First 12 Picks of MLB Draft
 
Best of luck to these rookies...

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Two young shortstops that played Little League Baseball were picked in the first round of the Major League Draft, including the first overall pick.

Carlos Correa, a 6-4, 190-pound native of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, was the first amateur player off the board taken by the Houston Astros and in the process made history. Correa is the first player from Puerto Rico to be the #1 overall pick in the MLB Draft, despite the fact some of the best players in the history of the game have hailed from Puerto Rico.
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Gavin Cecchini, a 6-0, 175-pounder who is 18 years old, just finished his senior year at Barbe (La.) High School where he helped his team to the state Class 5A title hitting .413 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 31 stolen bases. Cecchini was the 12th overall selection in the draft by the New York Mets.
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Kelzzy 06-07-2012 08:34 PM

they won't get anywhere in the MLB. Way to small, not height, but they need more meat on them

Simply Blonde 06-07-2012 08:47 PM

They will grow.

Nebo86 06-07-2012 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Kelzzy (Post 191083)
they won't get anywhere in the MLB. Way to small, not height, but they need more meat on them

Who says that players have to be a certain size for success in MLB? Pedro Martinez, Ichiro and Dustin Pedroia are just a few of the "undersized" players to have success. MLB is not the NFL or NBA; it's about skills not being a genetic freak. Btw, these players are going to fill out over time.

Kelzzy 06-08-2012 09:32 PM

If they wanted to be second basemens or pitchers that'd be fine.. but they don't, they want to be SS's. The shortstop position has turned into a position for BIG men, not little guys to scoot everywhere like it used to. A BIG man needs to stop a hard hit ground ball hit by a BIG batter.

Simply Blonde 06-08-2012 09:55 PM

There are still smaller SS in the league, including Jeter.

Kelzzy 06-10-2012 10:43 PM

Come on, Jeter is 6'3, 200lbs.. that's a big dude.

Simply Blonde 06-10-2012 10:44 PM

Not like the Cal Ripken's and A-Rod's when they played SS.

Kelzzy 06-13-2012 02:33 PM

Kinda.. Jeter is only 1 inch shorter and 10lbs smaller then Cal Ripken.. shortstop is played by big MLB pro's..

Nebo86 06-13-2012 03:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Kelzzy (Post 191794)
Kinda.. Jeter is only 1 inch shorter and 10lbs smaller then Cal Ripken.. shortstop is played by big MLB pro's..

What is your obsession with height and weight?
1)Some of the best Shortstops in recent history were six feet tall or under.
Barry Larkin, Ozzie Smith, Nomar Garciaparra and Orlando Cabrera. Jimmy Rollins is listed at 5'8.

2)Just because a player is drafted as a shortstop doesn't mean that is were they will stay. B.J. Upton anyone? Many Major Leaguers played Shortstop at some point in their career, because it is reserved for the best overall player on the team.

3)These players are young and probably haven't stopped growing, but even if they don't grow much more they were drafted for their prospective skills not their current physical state. A scout doesn't only look at what a player can do now, but projects (guesses) what that player will do in five years.

In conclusion, try looking back at some of your favorite players and trace how they matured physically.


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