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4.125 Oakland Athletics - Chad Lewis, 3B, Marina HS (CA)

The Athletics spent the 125th overall pick on Chad Lewis.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft profile.

Chad Lewis   Position: 3B   School: Marina HS   State: CA   Height: 6’3’’   Weight: 195

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 12/10/91   Seiler Rating: 2C1   Commitment: San Diego State

Chad Lewis is a slugging third baseman from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California, a coastal town south of Long Beach that has produced players such as Daric Barton and 2009 Texas draft pick Paul Strong. Lewis has been known as one of the better bats in the Southern California class this year for some time, but he’s somewhat flattened out around a solid prospect rather than an elite one, and he’ll get drafted based on how high some teams with his hitting potential. He does have the tools to be a potential starting third baseman at the Major League level, and it’s all about refining those tools as to how successful he is as a pro prospect. At the plate, he’s an average hitter with good hands, but he has a few small mechanical flaws that make his strong a little exaggerated at times, leading to weaknesses up and in against velocity and low and away with offspeed stuff. However, with above-average power potential, scouts see value in his bat in the long run, and some think his mechanical flaws can be fixed. He’s a below-average runner, but he has solid-average range at third with an above-average arm, making him a solid starting option there. There are enough questions about his overall package as to what his actual ceiling is, as some scouts believe he just can’t hit enough to be a starting option at an offense-driven third base spot. However, he should go somewhere in the third to sixth round range to a team that likes his bat potential, and he should be signable away from his San Diego State commitment in that range.