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John Shelby

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John Shelby
Name: John T. Shelby III
Born: Aug 6, 1985 in Baltimore, Md. USA
High School: Tates Creek HS, Lexington, Ky.
College: Kentucky
Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 185 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 5th round (165th overall) by the Chicago White Sox in 2006 (signed for $157,000)
The top prospect in the Bluegrass state is the son of former major leaguer and current Pirates coach John Shelby and has been a key contributor to the Wildcats' first regional berth since 1993. Shelby went undrafted out of high school but hit .344-10-52 as a sophomore to put his name on the prospect radar. He played his best late in the year, and had hit nine of his 13 home runs in Southeastern Conference play. Shelby has good bat speed and an aggressive approach. He has an uppercut in his swing, which lends slightly above-average power. He needs to improve his strike-zone discipline. He spent most of his freshman year playing outfield, and played shortstop and second base as well. Consensus suggests second base is his future position, and he showed better hands and improved his body control on throws from all angles at second this spring. His instincts figure to help him become an average defender. He's a slightly above-average runner.
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