- Full name Craig Alan Gentry
- Born 11/29/1983 in Fort Smith, AR
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Arkansas
- Debut 09/06/2009
Drafted in the 10th round (298th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2006 (signed for $10,000).
View Draft ReportGentry offers an impressive physical package. He's 6-foot-2, 190-pounder with speed, raw power and center-field skills. He wasn't drafted as a junior last year in part because he needed Tommy John surgery, and he missed time this spring with an infected right knee. He should go in the sixth to 10th round as a senior sign.
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After spending the first two years of his college career at Arkansas-Fort Smith JC, Gentry transferred to Arkansas. He wasn't drafted after his junior year, mostly because he had Tommy John surgery, but he worked his way back in time for his senior season and signed with the Rangers for $10,000 as a 10th-round pick in 2006. He put together a career season in Double-A last year to earn a September callup to Texas. Gentry's game is built around his speed, which rates as a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's an exceptional defensive center fielder thanks to his speed, jumps, routes and above-average arm. He also has good baserunning instincts, with 128 career stolen bases in 158 tries, and he was 49-for-55 in the minors last year. Offensively, Gentry does a good job working counts and making contact, and he's a good bunter. He has a bit of strength in his swing, too, but he has below-average power. Gentry's speed, defense and baserunning will make him a valuable extra outfielder in the big leagues, and he has an outside chance to be an everyday center fielder if his bat continues to improve. He figures to compete for a fourth outfielder job in spring training, but he'll likely start the season in Triple-A.
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- Rated Best Defensive Outfielder in the Texas Rangers in 2010
- Rated Best Baserunner in the Texas League in 2009