Re: 2009 Reds draft signings
Is it a sure thing that the Reds will use Jamie Walczak as a RHP? He has played CF for Mercyhurst for the past three years where he has amassed good stats. His average is in the .350 range, OPS over .900, power numbers have been steadily improving, and his stolen base percent has been around .80. He was used as a closer in his senior year, but he came in from CF to do it. I conjecture that it was because he had a cannon that was hard to catch up to in the late innings. He seems like a good all athlete. At 6-2, 190, with incipient power, I suspect he could begin in CF and later transition to a corner. Unless he throws over a 100, it seems to me that it would be wise to look at him first as an outfielder.