The smart people at Project Prospect held their community mock draft. I need few excuses to talk about draft prospects this time of year, so let’s talk about who the pick was for the Cardinals – Kolbrin Vitek, an infielder for Ball State.
First, here’s his context adjusted numbers via College Splits.
The Cardinals tend to favor college performers, and Vitek certainly fits the bill. The only thing that concerns me a bit is the walk rate. A 10.1% BB rate is a red flag because he might be getting pitched around as it is, as Ball State is not some sort of powerhouse in a major conference. I’m not sure what the translation is of a 10.1% walk rate is from the NCAA to the minors, but I can’t believe it’s very good.
So what do scouts say?
Here’s the gist I get around the interwebs:
- He’s a 2B now, but he’s going to have to move to either third or an outfield corner, although he does have enough speed to possibly cover center field. He has plenty of arm – he doubles as a pitcher for Ball State and can get it up there in the 88-92 MPH range.
- He squares up on a lot of balls, makes good contact, can use the whole field. Has very quick hands and great bat speed. Hitting for average should not be a problem for Vitek. He does have a bit of a level swing, limiting his overall power.
Here’s a scouting video of his, props to whoever put this together for throwing in slo-mo:
I’ll give Kolbrin Vitek this, he has a fun name to say. That aside, the lack of defensive skill and patience at the plate is a little concerning. I wouldn’t be too quick to give up on him at the keystone. I’m not really sold on him at #25, but I think the Cardinals could do worse. What do you think?