Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rays 2nd Round Pick - 78th Overall: Ken Diekroeger

He's a Stanford commit and a great student(4.0) so we'll see if we can sign him...

Evidently a great athlete. From ESPN:
At the 2008 Area Code Games, Trout posted the second highest SPARQ Rating at the event, with a 83.07. His testing marks were: 3.64 30-yard dash, 4.47 shuttle, 60 foot power ball toss and 33.5 vertical jump. The only player higher than Trout was Kenny Diekroeger of the Milwaukee Brewers (Gray).
More ESPN:
"His athleticism is the first thing (that stands out). He could probably play any position he wanted. You know there are some players you have to watch every day to appreciate, but he does something every game."

Rated 49th best prospect in California by BaseballAmerica:
Diekroger stunned all observers at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, ranking first in the SPARQ rankings with an almost unheard of 85.96 score. Kenny ran a blistering 6.68 60 yard dash, and added a phenomenal 34.9 inch vertical leap. As a baseball player, Diekroger is acceptable as a SS but his actions are not exceptional. With his remarkable overall athletic ability, Diekroger may be a better fit as an OF. Kenny showed flashes of interesting hitting ability, but he needs to improve at the plate and develop consistency in his approach and results. Diekroger figures to be an exceptionally attractive college recruit, given his stunning physical ability combined with terrific grades and a nearly off the charts SAT score. There is little doubt that given his athleticism, Kenny will eventually be drafted in an early round. If his bat advances quickly, that will occur in June 2009. If his bat takes longer to develop, that will occur after 3 years in a college program.

Palo Alto Online let's us know he was hurt:
The standout senior suffered a knee injury sliding headfirst into second base and will likely be forced to miss the rest of the baseball season.

More to come...

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