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1s.37 Los Angeles Angels - Taylor Lindsey, SS, Desert Mountain HS (AZ)

The Angels selected Taylor Lindsey. Here's his profile:


Taylor Lindsey   Position: SS   School: Desert Mountain HS   State: AZ   Height: 6’1’’   Weight: 180

Bats: L   Throws: R   Seiler Rating: 3C2   Commitment: Arizona State

Taylor Lindsey is a solid high school shortstop from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, which was home to fellow Draft Notebook prospects Drew Beuerlein of UNLV and Merrill Kelly of Arizona State. Lindsey is actually a better prospect than either of them when coming out of high school, and he’s likely the best of the three for draft stock now, too. Like Kelly, he’s headed to Arizona State if he doesn’t sign, and he’s considered the crown jewel of their class, meaning that he might be a tougher sign than expected, though that remains to be seen. A compact player, he doesn’t exactly have starting shortstop tools for the next level, but may be a starting second baseman or center fielder with some adjustments. He’s at his best when his bat is in his hands, though. His hit tool is above-average to plus, and he had a great spring, not striking out a single time during the whole season. He has a knack for hard contact, and while his swing mechanics aren’t perfect, he’s coachable and is able to adjust to offspeed stuff. He has fringe-average power, too, and he’s not going to be cheated at the plate, driving balls into the gaps with regularity. He’s also an average runner, so he’s a solid overall offensive threat. Defensively, though, he’s a little weaker. His range is short for shortstop, though he should have solid-average range for second base and average range for center field. He has a solid-average arm, which should fit well on the right side of the infield. For that reason, he’s expected to do quite well, though his overall ceiling is limited to how his bat develops. He’s expected to go somewhere in the sixth to twelfth round range, though he might head to Arizona State if that’s the case.