AB 1386
AVG .235
OBP .299
SLG .421
HR 56
  • Full name John Claiborn Mayberry Jr.
  • Born 12/21/1983 in Kansas City, MO
  • Profile Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 235 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Stanford
  • Debut 05/23/2009
  • Drafted in the 1st round (19th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2005 (signed for $1,525,000).
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    The most recent first-round draft pick to go unsigned, Mayberry has an excellent shot of becoming one of the few players in draft history to be picked in the first round twice. It last happened last year, when Vanderbilt lefthander Jeremy Sowers was picked by the Indians after spurning the Reds three years earlier. Mayberry hit .333-16-62 as an all-Pacific-10 Conference performer in 2004, but was hitting a more pedestrian .307-6-45 this year--numbers that belie his considerable tools and upside. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Mayberry has considerable power potential but launches a tape-measure home run only occasionally in games. He shows excellent power in batting practice, but generally has been handled by quality college pitching. Most of his power is to the opposite field, reflective of the hitting style preached at Stanford. Scouts say he needs to shorten his swing because he can be busted inside--something he has worked to correct in the last year. All his hitting flaws are correctable, but it may take him 1,500 at-bats in the minor leagues. Mayberry has the athletic ability and arm strength to be an average corner outfielder, but he is a superior defensive first baseman--not to mention an inviting target for infielders. He runs well. Mayberry's father was also a first-round pick, going sixth overall to the Astros in 1967. He played in the big leagues from 1968-82 with the Astros, Royals, Blue Jays and Yankees, and is a member of the Royals hall of fame.

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  • Rated Best Athlete in the Texas Rangers in 2006

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