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Draft Notebook Excerpt: Kendrick Perkins

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I'll be posting a good number of Draft Notebook excerpts between now and the draft, and here's the first one. If you still haven't ordered your 2010 MLB Draft Notebook, click on the PayPal link in the left-hand column of the main page, and you'll receive the profiles on the Top 100 players immediately.

Anyway, on to the excerpt:

Kendrick Perkins   Position: OF   School: La Porte HS   State: TX   Height: 6’3’’   Weight: 215

Bats: L   Throws: L   Birth Date: 9/12/91   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Commitment: Texas A&M

Kendrick Perkins is a high-ceiling high school outfielder from La Porte High School in La Porte, Texas, a coastal town about 25 miles east of Houston. Perkins has been known to football fans longer than baseball fans, as he’s been an excellent running back on his football team at La Porte. He was going to try giving up playing football this year to concentrate on baseball, but he only missed a single game before his desire to come back was so strong that he was back on the field the next Friday night. He had an incredible season, but affirmed his commitment to only play baseball in college. Though that commitment is debatable, scouts think the decision is genuine. He has enough raw tools that it’s easy to see him being at least an average starting right fielder at the Major League level, but he could be even better, perhaps an all star with a lot of work. At the plate, he’s an above-average hitter with a good idea of what he’s doing considering how raw his skills generally are. He struggles with breaking balls like almost any raw high school hitter does, but he can punish balls, too. He has plus raw power, which gives a high ceiling with the bat. When you add in above-average to plus speed, it’s easy to understand why scouts love his tools so much. Defensively, his speed doesn’t translate as well, as he profiles as a solid-average right fielder with a solid-average to above-average arm that will fit at either corner outfield spot. If he gets better reads, he could turn out to be a center fielder, but that’s not likely. Instead, he’s likely to go as a second to fourth round prospect, where he’s expected to be signable away from Texas A&M for a signing bonus that can be spread over as many as five years as a two-sport athlete.