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Derek Dietrich

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Derek Dietrich
Name: Derek Richard Dietrich
Born: Jul 18, 1989 in Parma, Ohio USA
High School: St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland
College: Georgia Tech
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 2nd round (79th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 (signed for $457,200)
Dietrich is one of three unsigned 2007 Astros draft picks--Arkansas' Brett Eibner and Texas Tech's Chad Bettis are the others--who figure to go in the first two rounds this year. Dietrich was the highest pick, a third-rounder, and could still fall to that round despite having his best college season. He's a difficult player for scouts to judge because he doesn't fit an obvious pro profile. His lefthanded bat brings value, as do his strong arm and developing power, and he tied his career high with 14 homers this spring. He plays hard and has been a serviceable college shortstop defensively. Scouts believe he lacks the footwork or athletic ability in his 6-foot-1, 196-pound frame to stay at short, though, and wonder if his footwork can improve enough for him to play at second. Most doubt that and believe third base is his best fit with the glove, and he may not produce enough power to profile as a regular there. He also could prove to be a versatile big leaguer in the mold of Geoff Blum or Scott Spiezio, who both had the advantage of switch-hitting.
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