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Mookie Betts

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Mookie Betts
Name: Markus Lynn Betts
Born: Oct 7, 1992 in Brentwood, Tenn. USA
High School: Overton HS, Brentwood, Tenn.
Ht.: 5'9" / Wt.: 180 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 5th round (172nd overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2011 (signed for $750,000)
Betts was the top signee for the embattled Tennessee program, which was headed for last place in the Southeastern Conference. He could be a college difference-maker for his hitting ability, speed and solid athleticism, the last of which helped him be an all-conference basketball player and the state's boys bowler of the year in 2010. The question was whether any of Betts' tools was a carrying tool. He's an above-average runner but not a true burner. However, he has good baserunning instincts, and his running ability should play in pro ball offensively. Some scouts believe the speed will play better defensively and want to shift him to cente rfield. Others believe his solid first-step quickness and quick-twitch athleticism give him a chance to stay in the infield, though more likely at second base than at short. He has some footwork issues to iron out to stay in the dirt. Betts has good hitting fundamentals and has excellent makeup and intangibles.
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