6′ 2″ 210 lbs 1/5/1989
University of the Pacific, CA
AZ’s snap take: California is one of the hotbeds for baseball talent and the Cardinals have several scouts that cover that area. The concern with Longmire is the lack of power in 2010 in a position (corner outfield) where power is archetypal. It’s a pick based on his body of work and a scout’s view rather than what he’s done in 2010.
Baseball America’s 194 Overall Draft Prospect:
He hasn’t had the best statistical year among Northern California’s college players, but there is no doubt that Longmire has the best package of tools. He had a great freshman year, struggled a bit as a sophomore, but has had a solid junior season. Longmire was considered a fringe prospect coming out of high school in San Diego and many Division I programs passed on him because they had concerns about his swing, which is how he came to be at Pacific. He was one of the state’s home run leaders his senior year in high school and currently grades out as having plus raw power. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Longmire not only passes the tools test, but also the eye test. He can be graded out above-average across the board, except for his ability to hit for average. His body type is not quite the same, but he could be compared to Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young in terms of what scouts can envision him doing at the major league level.