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2.65 Chicago Cubs - Reggie Golden, OF, Wetumpka HS (AL)

The Cubs spent the 65th overall pick on Reggie Golden.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Reggie Golden   Position: OF   School: Wetumpka HS   State: AL   Height: 5’10’’   Weight: 210
Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 10/10/91   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Commitment: Alabama

Reggie Golden is a short, strong outfielder from Wetumpka High School in Wetumpka, Alabama, a town roughly 20 miles north of Montgomery. Golden is one of the elite prep outfielders in this draft, and his draft position will be reliant on scouts seeing him at his best. At the plate, his game is built purely around plus to plus-plus raw power based on plus bat speed and aggressiveness. He doesn’t always connect like he should, and he really struggles with breaking stuff down, but when he connects he can hit the ball as far as anyone in the prep class. By selling out for power, he also limits his potential to hit for average at the next level. His pitch recognition will likely get better with time, but that doesn’t change the fact that his aggressive nature and natural uppercut will cut down on his ability to lace line drives around the field. His hit tool gets fringe-average grades, and he should be a .260 hitter for most of his career. He’ll leg out a few extra hits and get a few extra bases due to his above-average speed, but he’ll also strike out plenty. Defensively, he profiles as a bit of a ‘tweener, as he would be a fringe-average center fielder, but a plus right fielder. His range isn’t quite good enough for center, and his reads are fairly raw, but it’s definitely good enough for a solid right field. He has a plus arm to fit in right, so that’s where most think he’ll land in the long run. The tools and power that Golden possesses make him a very strong draft prospect, and he could go as high as the supplemental first round, but he fits better in the second or third round. He should be signable in that range.