6'1" 200 lbs DOB: 7/18/1989
Bats: Left | Throws: Right
2010: Hudson Valley
Acquired: 2010, 2nd Round
Dietrich was a coveted middle infielder as a high school, but the Astros failed to pony up for him when they took him in the third round in 2007. He continued to Georgia Tech, where he had his best season as a junior, leading to the Rays grabbing him with the second round pick they got as compensation for not signing Kenny Diekroeger.
Dietrich has some good tools at the plate, starting with his above-average power. He posted double-digit home run totals all three seasons with the Yellow Jackets, including 17 as a junior. He isn't a plus pure hitter, and tries too often to pull the ball, but he has the potential to develop that tool into an average one. His plate patience is also only okay, and his swing is prone to some strikeouts, evidenced by a platinum sombrero (five strikeouts) on August 30th with Hudson Valley.
In the field, Dietrich is somewhat of a tweener. His defensive actions at shortstop are good, and his arm is plenty strong for the position, but doesn't have the overall athleticism to stick there. Third base seems like the logical place for him to go, but with that position taken at the major-league level, the Rays will probably try to develop him as a middle infielder, albeit a second baseman. He's the exception rather than the rule, of course, but check out this scouting report from 2000:
That sounds a lot like Dietrich, doesn't it? Dietrich doesn't have quite that type of hitting acumen, but the rest of the report checks out. Player X, by the way, is Chase Utley. It would, of course, be ridiculous to expect Dietrich to become Chase Utley, but being a labeled a "tweener" isn't the death sentence it might sound like.
Dietrich could continue to play shortstop in 2011 as there's no obvious candidate to man the position at Bowling Green. If the Rays are aggressive with Hector Guevara and skip him to BG, then second base would be occupied and Dietrich would be somewhere on the left side of the diamond.