Reds take '5-tool' star in draft
Texas outfielder Stubbs a finalist for college baseball's top award.
By Mark Gokavi
Scouts refer to Drew Stubbs as sort of a baseball Superman.
The University of Texas center fielder can do it all, but has a weakness — the K, and not as in Kryptonite.
The Cincinnati Reds made Stubbs, 21, the No. 8 pick in the first round in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft Tuesday.
In passing on a pitcher, the Reds fall into the camp of those enamored with Stubbs' athleticism and "five-tool" skills.
"I think I've been their target for a number of months now," Stubbs said on a conference call. "I can't really speak for the organization of what their needs are."
Baseball America lists Stubbs as the college game's best athlete and in the top three in power, base running, arm strength and defense.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound speedy right-hander hit .320 with 31 home runs, 148 RBIs and 84 stolen bases in three seasons at Texas, the 2005 national champion. Stubbs is Texas' career leader in strikeouts (206 in 205 games).
"They'll decrease with time," he said. "I don't consider myself a guy that's one of those big power hitters that's either going to hit a home run or strike out. I think I'm more of a balanced hitter that can hit for average and do things like that."
A finalist for college baseball's Golden Spikes Award, Stubbs was a standout in baseball, football, track and basketball at Atlanta (Texas) High School.
The class salutatorian, Stubbs was in the National Honor Society, Calculus Club, Spanish Club and the Young Republicans.
Originally selected by Houston in the third round of the 2003 draft, Stubbs couldn't agree on a contract with the Astros.
Stubbs said a deal is basically already worked out with a club that likes Texan outfielders.
"I really like the things that Cincinnati has been doing with their organization," he said. "I'm excited to be a Red."