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MLB Draft Notebook Excerpt: Mike Antonio

Mike Antonio Position: SS School: George Washington HS
State: NY Height: 6’2’’ Weight: 180

Bats: R Throws: R Birth Date: 10/26/91
Seiler Rating: XXX Commitment: St. John’s

Mike Antonio is a solidly-built infielder from the Bronx. He easily rates as the best New York City prospect in this draft class. At the plate, Antonio is still developing what his style of execution is going to be. At the moment, his body is more of a leadoff player’s body, and he has average to above-average speed, so he could fit in that mold if he wanted to. However, his body still has good projection, and if he adds enough strength, he could conceivably turn into a hitter with solid power projection. How he develops physically will dictate that, but the consensus is that he’s probably more of a number two hitter, one with solid athleticism, but not enough speed to leadoff and not enough pop to bat in the middle third. Defensively, he has solid actions and should be able to be an average shortstop if he doesn’t fill out too much and lose range. He has an average arm, and he could move to third base if needed, though second base is probably the better option for him both offensively and defensively. He should be signable in the top seven rounds, and I project him as a third to fifth round prospect and a solid sign.