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Chad Pinder

#18 | SS
Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics
Chad Pinder
Name: Chadwick Hudson Pinder
Born: Mar 29, 1992 in Richmond, Va. USA
High School: Poquoson (Va.) HS
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (71st overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2013 (signed for $750,000)
The Hokies have enjoyed a successful season, working their way into BA's Top 25 for the first time since 2010, and Pinder has been a big part of it, hitting .324/.410/.447 with 37 RBIs through 47 games. Pinder has good bat speed and hand-eye coordination, and his barrel stays in the zone a long time. He tends to hit from a static load and would benefit from finding a rhythm with some pre-swing movement. The knock against Pinder is a lack of power. He has just 14 homers in 137 games at Virginia Tech and projects to hit 15 a year at the pro level--not ideal for the hot corner, but playable considering his defense. Pinder shows good defense at third, with solid range and the ability to come in on balls well. He also has a strong arm. Some scouts think that he could provide solid defense at second base, where his bat might profile a little better. He fits in the second round, but could sneak into supplemental first round.
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