A 14th round pick of the Red Sox back in 2019, Jordan Beck opted to head to college at Tennessee. His first season was only 16 games because 2020 happened and much of the season was cancelled. Three years later he’s a potential 1st round draft pick who has hit 33 home runs in his last two seasons.
Jordan Beck Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 225 lbs
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: Outfield
Highest Ranking: 11th (ESPN)
Opinions are wide when it comes to Jordan Beck. He shows off three above-average to plus tools that will turn heads at times. But he’s also struggled in some key areas. His plus power potential is obvious and he hit for plenty of power in the SEC over the last two seasons. He’s showing off above-average to plus speed and a strong arm.
There are some concerns about just how much he will hit, though. He never hit .300 in a season while at Tennessee, a rarity for someone coming out of college who would be projected to land in the first few rounds – even coming out of the SEC. There are a lot of strikeouts and not a ton of walks on his resume (again, for a college hitter – don’t try to compare the rates to a professional player). He’s struggled against quality secondary offerings throughout his time in college.
A team that believes in the tools and the bat speed is going to have him rated higher than a team who may not be as keen on his struggles to read spin. While there’s always risk with any player in the draft, the track record for high strikeout rate guys coming out of college who aren’t also walking a ton isn’t great.
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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