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MLB Draft Notebook Excerpt - Michael Arencibia

Michael Arencibia Position: OF School: Key West HS
State: FL Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 165

Bats: L Throws: R Birth Date: 11/20/91
Player Rating: XXX Commitment: Florida State

Michael Arencibia is the type of raw athlete that could really profit from increased attentiveness to defense in baseball front offices. A raw hitter, Arencibia has all the tools to be a truly plus center fielder in the pro game. He’s a plus-plus runner with a plus arm, and with some cleanup of his routes, he could really turn into a true gold glover. That’s all dependent on him getting through the minors, though, and that might be a bit of a chore. He has future ratings of average for both his hit tool and his power, though he’s pretty far away from those grades at the moment. His bat speed is good, but he really needs to work on pitch recognition and taking some pitches in general, as he could turn into someone that walks once a week. I personally think he’s good enough to be an average pro hitter, but he might need to go step-by-step through a minor league system, including stops at two short-season levels. His Florida State commitment might mean he’s not as signable as he appears, and he’ll go somewhere from round three to six on talent. He might take $750,000 to sign, perhaps more.