Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hitting Prosect #10: Kyrell Hudson

Kyrell Hudson is a classic Phillies draft choice as he is a high risk, high reward type prospect. This is always a risky approach to drafting, but the Phillies are known to use this approach early on in the draft. Hudson was drafted this year in the 3rd round out of Evergreen HS in Washington state. Hudson is an incredibly athletic outfielder and possesses all the tools to be an all-star at the major league level. At the same time, he is clearly viewed as a project and is not expected to see Philadelphia anytime soon. As is the question with all toolsy type HS prospects, if he develops the ability to make consistent contact, he will become an incredible player.

Due to the signing of Raul Ibanez, the Phillies forfeited their first pick this year. This is why the Phillies went for a more high ceiling type player in Hudson early on in the draft. Most high school players rarely play much, if at all, during the year they are drafted. This was the case for Kyrell, as he only played in 10 games, so it would be pointless to analyze how he performed. If Hudson develops successfully in the minors, he could project into a Bossman Junior type of player as he is incredibly raw but is also a potential 5-tool player. At the same time, he could be a repeat of Greg Golson. Golson was the Phillies 1st round draft pick in 2004 who never developed a consistent bat and is in AAA for the Rangers organization. Hudson was ranked the #1 baseball prospect and the #2 football prospect in the state of Washington. Based on those numbers alone is why I felt the need to put him into the top 10. In 1-2 years time, Hudson could be the top prospect in the organization, or completely off my radar.

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