- Full name Steven Paul Doetsch
- Born 12/02/1983 in Evanston, IL
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Indain River CC
Drafted in the 14th round (427th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2003 (signed for $100,000).
View Draft ReportDoetsch is a junior college version of Harrison with even better tools. He runs and throws better and projects as a pro center fielder. A specimen at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Doetsch still has to prove he can hit consistently. He did make some strides this year at Indian River CC, but he still needs to shorten his stride, become more disciplined and make other adjustments. He struggles against breaking balls. A 2002 eighth-round pick by Philadelphia, Doetsch is the best juco position player in the 2003 draft. He doesn't have a good relationship with the Phillies, so teams have sent crosscheckers in to see him-which is uncommon for top draft-and-follows.
Minor League Top Prospects
Doetsch tied for the GCL home run lead and was the best all-around hitter on the best team in the league. Having spent a year at Indian River (Fla.) Community College, he also was one of the more advanced prospects. Doetsch (pronounced "deech") has average to plus tools across the board, with a 60 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale, solid outfield instincts and 4.2-second speed from the right side of home to first. He also has a hard-nosed, aggressive approach and struck out 49 times in 228 at-bats. "He's a solid player," Cossins said. "He can really drive the ball to right-center and he runs well underway in the outfield."