A high-floor, high school shortstop who has four potential above-average tools is what you’re going to see on most scouting reports for Cole Young. The left-handed hitter has a commitment to Duke if he chooses to go the college route.
Cole Young Scouting Report
Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 179 lbs
Bats: Left | Throws: Right | Position: SS
Highest Ranking: 14th (Baseball America)
The thing that will lead off all reports for Cole Young is an above-average hit-tool from the left side of the plate. His swing is more generated for contact and line drives than over the fence power, and he’s shown an ability to handle good velocity on the national stage. The lack of power potential is the flip side of the hit-tool, though. Depending on where you are looking you are going to get projections in the range of 10-18 home runs down the line for Young. If he’s going to stick at shortstop and hit for a high average that’s going to be solid enough.
Defensively he should be able to remain at shortstop but doesn’t stick out there, and he has enough arm to play third if needed – though the bat doesn’t quite project enough there due to the lower-end power projection.
The 2022 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 17th and end on July 19th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 18, 32, 55, and 73 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 8th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Nick Castellanos in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round B pick (73rd) that adds a lot of additional pool money.
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