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3.103 Texas Rangers - Jordan Akins, OF, Union Grove HS (GA)

The Rangers spent the 103rd overall pick on Jordan Akins.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Jordan Akins   Position: OF   School: Union Grove HS   State: GA   Height: 6’3’’   Weight: 190
Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 4/19/92   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Commitment: South Florida

Jordan Akins is an athletic high school outfielder from Union Grove High School in McDonough, Georgia, a southern suburb of Atlanta. Akins is a quality two-sport player that received a lot of attention for his game on the football field, where he was a quarterback throughout high school. He was recruited under the "Athlete" category in college football, and he eventually signed a two-sport agreement to play wide receiver at the Division 1 college level. As with most football players, his baseball tools are huge, but his skills are not. He’ll need to go through a long process of becoming a full-time baseball player, something that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to all football recruits. Scouts believe his big-time tools mean he could be an all star center fielder, but there’s enough of a gap between his current and future tools to legitimately worry about his bust rate. At the plate, he’s a solid-average hitter that can really rip a ball, but as with most raw high school bats, he has major trouble adjusting to breaking balls. That’s the key thing that might keep him from succeeding as a baseball player. His power is plus, and his speed is borderline plus-plus, so his offensive projection is all based on how he adjusts to seeing quality pitching. Defensively, he has the tools to be a slightly above-average center fielder with a plus arm, so he fits the traditional qualification for being called a five tool player. With his football scholarship, he’s almost certainly going to need an over slot bonus, but he’s expected to go in rounds two to four, where he should be signable for a two-sport bonus spread over five years.