Re: 2004 Cincinnati Reds MLB Draft Selections
Some more info from Baseball America-
Scouting Report: Janish has lived up to his reputation as a standout defender at shortstop this spring, making just three errors in his 52 games while continuing to show a strong arm, soft hands and solid range. After batting just .296 with six homers in his first two seasons at Rice, then .105 with wood bats for Team USA last summer, Janish improved significantly at the plate. He was hitting .358 with nine homers in late May, doing a better job of using the whole field. He still could use more strength and a shorter stroke. There are few true shortstops available in the draft, so he could go as high as the third round to a team that believe he'll hit enough. If he returns to Ricečand Owls juniors are often difficult to signčhe could get a chance to pitch in 2005. His fastball tops out at 93 mph, and his slurve and changeup are promising.
Scouting Report: At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Roa is stronger and more physically mature than the rest of the island's top prospects. He was the best performer at Puerto Rico's annual Excellence Games in early May, demonstrating power potential with a quick, short, compact swing. Scouts aren't sure whether he'll remain behind the plate because his feet are slow and he's not a polished receiver. His arm strength is adequate. Roa, who moved to Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic about five years ago, is eager to sign and made himself a possible fourth- or fifth-round pick off his showing in predraft workouts.
Scouting Report: One of the draft's more intriguing cases, Young has scouts befuddled. He earned a high grade from the Major League Scouting Bureau based on his pure stuff, which can be filthy. He has the state's best arm, loose and quick from a sound delivery. His fastball can sit in the 90-94 range, and at times he spins a plus breaking ball. His personal history causes the most doubts. He's considered a good bet to sign because he has a 3-year-old son and is not a strong student--he's a Meridian CC signee). He'll need an organization willing to monitor him closely and shepherd him through the minor leagues to reach his considerable ceiling.
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