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2012 Draft Scouting Report: Carson Kelly
Position: Third Base
School: Westview H.S. (Ore.)
Events Scouted: PG National Showcase
Kelly is a plus athlete. He shows outstanding agility as well as decent foot speed. He's relatively physically mature but he will add some additional muscularity as a pro.
Kelly's offensive upside stands out. He hits from a strong base and shows good balance at the plate. His bat speed is plus and he shows good extension out front. He looks like he'll be a good gap hitter at the next level, as he consistently squares the ball up. His plate discipline will need some improvement, but overall he's a very sound and high upside young hitter.
The ball really leaps off Kelly's bat. He shows plus raw power before the game that someday will translate in game action. The raw strength is there, as is the plus bat speed. When his pitch selection improves, we could see a 20+ home run bat in the big leagues.
Kelly has the plus and possibly plus-plus arm to the play third base at the next level. There's some inconsistencies in his defensive game, but he has the physical skills to play the position as a pro.
He's a good overall athlete but his speed is about average at this point. And, that's probably where he'll be for the duration of his career. He's already pretty physically mature. He does have a very good first step, though.
Kelly's profile is very enticing to scouts. He's potential plus hit tool, plus throwing arm athletic third baseman with some pop in his bat. And, for a high school player he's not all that raw. Someone will grab him in the top couple rounds.
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