The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with the first hitter taken by the Angels in the 2012 Amateur Draft.
Position: 2B Highest Level: Double-A
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5'11" Weight: 180 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 8/3/91
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 256 PA, .287 AVG, .320 OBP, .410 SLG, 12 2B, 9 3B, 0 HR, 27 RBI, 20 SO, 9 SB, 2 CS, .309 BABIP
Double-A: 18 PA, .111 AVG, .111 OBP, .167 SLG, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .133 BABIP
Contact – A. Yarbrough has a beautiful, compact swing from the right side and strong lift from the left side, with an almost equally as compact swing. He’s one of the few college hitters that will come into professional ball with minimal adjustments to be made if any.
Power – B. This is where MWAH (well me, I can’t speak for Garrett) differ from every other prospect publication. The other sites believe Yarbrough has some pop but middling power at best. I disagree, I see quite a bit of power projection in his swing. I see Yarbrough hitting 30+ doubles per year and 10-15 HR’s, which is really solid for a middle infielder.
Discipline – B- I haven’t seen Yarbrough being overwhelmed by any pitchers so far. He’s laid off pitches that were out of the zone and made really solid contact on balls that were hittable. He’s not going to walk a lot, but he seems to be rather adept and staying tough no matter what the count.
Speed – B. Alex can run. He isn’t extremely fast among middle infielders, but he’s athletic and is a smart base runner. I can see him swiping 15-25 bags on a regular basis.
Arm – B-. Yarbrough has enough arm strength to play 2B with ease. If the Angels tried him in the outfield however, I’m not sure it would play out any better than below average. This shouldn’t be a problem though, because I don’t envision Yarbrough being forced to move off second base.
Performance – B+. He put up ridiculous numbers at Ole Miss in a tough SEC division. Despite that performance, scouts weren’t sure how he’d fair against minor league pitchers. So far, so good. Yarbrough hit .287 in A-Ball and even spent the final five games of the season in AA, where he wasn’t embarrassed despite the advanced competition and the fact that three months earlier, he was playing college ball.
Projection – B+. This is again, where most prospect publications and I do not see eye to eye. I see tremendous projection in Yarbrough. I could see him turning into potentially an above average defender that hits for average, swipes some bases and tallies 50 extra base hits per season. Basically, I see him being a switch-hitting Howie Kendrick that doesn’t enter the major leagues with the ridiculous “future batting title” hype. Regardless, that’s an above average second baseman. But fair warning, all other publications do not share this opinion. They seem him being a solid second baseman that doesn’t necessarily open any eyes. A fringe major leaguer perhaps. Personally, not only Yarbrough’s ability, but his baseball IQ, ability to adjust and the intangibles have me convinced he’s considerably more. Give it a few years and we’ll see who is right.
(*As always, the above scouting report is provided by Scotty Allen of LA Angels Insider)