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Kent Matthes

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Kent Matthes
Name: Kent Richard Matthes
Born: Jan 8, 1987 in Florence, S.C. USA
High School: Edgewater
College: Alabama
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Career2,069.262.320.47484
Drafted in the 4th round (121st overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2009 (signed for $200,000)
Matthes has never been drafted, even though he was an Aflac All-American in 2004 in high school and was a solid college player as a sophomore and junior, hitting 19 home runs over two seasons though his poor plate discipline (26 walks, 92 strikeouts) held him back. He has put it all together this season, however, prompting one area scout to call the fact that Matthes hasn't been drafted "an indictment of our industry." He has pro tools, and has since high school. He's athletic and a solid-average runner, as well as a good baserunner (27 for 30 on stolen bases the last three seasons), with an average to plus arm that most consider suitable for right field. He'd be an above-average defender in left field if he moves there, and he might because his arm doesn't play plus at times due to a long transfer. He has plenty of raw power, though some wonder if he'll produce enough game power for a corner outfield spot. Alabama coaches believe he started to pick up on breaking balls better during the team's fall tour of Cuba, and Matthes carried that confidence into the spring. As he improved his approach, he turned his power into production, leading Division I with 28 home runs. He made more consistent contact and drove the ball to all fields, helping him hit .365 after entering the season with a .293 career average. Matthes doesn't have major mechanical issues with his swing, so continued improvement with his patience and pitch recognition will determine how his power carries over.
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