HOF CLASS OF '12
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Re: 2010 Draft Player Profiles
2nd Round #62 Overall Ryan LaMarre, CF, University of Michigan
Ryan LaMarre - OF
University of Michigan, Jr.
* Birthdate: 11/21/88
* Height: 6'2"
* Weight: 206 lbs.
* Bats: Right
* Throws: Left
* Scout's report filed: 5/7-5/9/10
Hitting ability: A thumb injury cost him some time and strength. As it improved, so did his swing, and he began to drive the ball more. Some length in his swing was exposed on the Cape last summer, and he's adjusted to cut down on his swing.
Power: He has developing power but is mostly gap-to-gap now.
Running speed: He takes long strides but is faster than you'd think down the line and is very good underway.
Base running: He's a very good base runner.
Arm strength: He has an average arm from the outfield and is probably best suited for center or left field.
Fielding: His defense is a strong part of his game and he has experience at all three outfield positions.
Range: He has above-average range and gets good jumps on the ball.
Physical Description: LaMarre is a sturdy and strong athlete who used to play hockey.
Medical Update: A thumb injury cost him a chunk of the season, and, though it took him a while to show his past strength, he is rounding into form as the Draft approaches.
Strengths: Good overall hitting abilities, decent speed and excellent defense in the outfield.
Weaknesses: He doesn't profile to hit for a great deal of power and his speed is merely average.
Summary: LaMarre's name was shooting up Draft boards when he showed he was fully recovered from an early thumb injury. He can swing the bat and has made some nice adjustments following a rough summer on the Cape. He runs well, though isn't a burner, and plays good defense. While he might be a tweener -- not enough speed for center, not enough power for a corner -- his overall skill set and baseball know-how had his name being mentioned in first-round conversations.
Purdue @ Michigan - April 9, 2010 (On Film)
Iowa v. Michigan - May 29, 2010 (In Person)
YR-CLASS-AVE.- AB - H- 2B -3B- HR -RBI -OBP- SLG-SB
2008 - FR - .305 - 141 -43 - 5 -0 - 3 -23 - .376 - .404 - 8
2009 - SO -.344 - 192 -66- 11-1 - 12 -62 -.468 - .599 - 13
2010 - JR - .424 - 144 -61- 9 -5 - 5 -39 - .455 - .660 - 7
Undrafted out of Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan, where he was a 12 time letter winner in Football, Baseball, and Hockey, Ryan LaMarre is one of the most athletic prospects in the 2010 MLB Draft. LaMarre has increased his stock this spring as much as any other draft prospect and has been linked to several clubs as a potential late first round selection.
HITTING - LaMarre hits from the right side and uses his quick hands and level swing to make consistently solid contact. He's struck out a respectable 14.8% of the time in his college career. An exceptionally aggressive hitter, LaMarre walked only 4 times in 2010 (2.7 BB%), and he'll need to be more selective as a professional or pitchers will abuse that aggressiveness. He has shown plate dicipline in the past. In 2009 he walked 33 times to go with 36 strikeouts. LaMarre stays back on curve balls and can drive them to right field, and he punishes fastballs on the inner half.
POWER - LaMarre has hit for above average power in college and that trend could continue as a professional because of his quick hands and forearm strength. He may have more power than what he's shown this season as a broken thumb that caused him to miss 18 games earlier this year may be adversely effecting his swing.
SPEED - LaMarre has some of the best speed in this draft class and it should be playable at any defensive position. On the basepaths however, he's been caught stealing 15 times in 43 attempts in his college career including being caught 5 times in 12 attempts this season.
ARM - LaMarre's arm is rated as average and suitable for a move to CF as a professional. In my limited sample the arm seemed to be below average but I'd need to see more to be comfortable giving out any grade.
DEFENSE - LaMarre possesses the instincts and athleticism to play CF and while I may be a doubter, if scouts didn't feel he had the arm for CF, he wouldn't be shooting up the draft boards as quickly as he has.
FUTURE - Like Kolbrin Vitek, the lack of inpact bats in this college draft class is a contributing factor to LaMarre's vault up the draft board. That's not to take away from LaMarre's talent which is obvious to anyone who watches him play. His athletisism stands out next to his Big 10 Conference peers. LaMarre could go anywhere from the late first round to the early third, where I think he has the ability to become a starting left fielder for a big league club if he can harness some of that aggressivness and be more selective at the plate.
SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): LaMarre’s 2010 season got on the wrong foot when he dove for a ball in Michigan’s second game of the season and sustained a broken thumb. He had four pins inserted and missed the next 18 games. While he was hitting .450 through early May, his power was slow to return as he had homered just twice. LaMarre was a significant football and hockey player in high school, and his baseball career was a little slower to evolve than most top college prospects in the 2010 draft class. He hit a modest .305-3-23 as a freshman at Michigan, but jump-started his prospect status as a sophomore by leading the Wolverines in batting (.344) and RBIs (62), and placing second in home runs (12). With his ability to flash all five tools, the strong-framed LaMarre appeared primed to be an impact player in the Cape Cod League last summer, but instead struggled at the plate and even had to learn to deal with failure as he hit just .236-0-14, while striking out 39 times in 140 at-bats for Wareham. It was hardly a lost season, however, as LaMarre showed a lot of positive signs in his approach to hitting. He continued to make adjustments to his quick-twitch swing, and learned to trust his hands more. He showed plenty of pop in batting practice, especially when he stayed through the baseball. But his raw power didn’t show up consistently in game conditions as he had a tendency of getting off balance in his stride, impacting his pull-side power. His best power was generally to the middle of the field, and though he drove a number of balls to the center-field fence, none went over. His jumps and ability to track balls in center field are his most advanced skill. LaMarre’s arm and speed are also solid tools. Between his sophomore season at Michigan and summer-league experience at Wareham, he stole 28 bases in 2009. With more reps at the plate, LaMarre was expected to emerge as an offensive force as a junior at Michigan, and solidify his spot as a second- or third-round pick in the 2010 draft. But his thumb injury has impacted his development, and his ability to expand on his power production in the weeks leading up to the draft may determine his fate.—ALLAN SIMPSON
UPDATE (5/15): While scouts were still waiting to see LaMarre’s power return with a week remaining in the regular season, they had developed a good enough appreciation for him as a hitter overall that they seemed to come to an acceptance that it’s there, that it would just be a little longer than expected to return. LaMarre was hitting .398-5-28 in 29 games, and twice had earned Big Ten player-of-the-week honors since his return from the disabled list. Many area scouts began comparing LaMarre to A.J. Pollock, the former Notre Dame center fielder who was taken with the 17th pick in the 2009 draft. LaMarre may not go quite that high, but his tools, skills and athleticism are very similar to Pollock’s.—AS
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