- Full name Trey George
Organization Prospect Rankings
Scouting director Bill Schmidt decided to take a couple of longshots on the second day of the 2001 draft, figuring if he had trouble signing one of his top selections he could make a run at a player who slid because of signability questions. When second-rounder Trey Taylor decided to attend Baylor, Schmidt used a portion of the money to sign George, a projected third- to fifth-rounder who scared teams off with his commitment to Tulane. He played with Rockies ninth-rounder James Sweeney at Houston's powerful Bellaire High, which finished 2001 ranked sixth in the nation. George didn't sign in time to play last summer but made quite an impression in instructional league. Scouts are impressed with his approach to hitting, and his compact stroke reminds some of former National League MVP Kevin Mitchell. He has a quiet body at the plate with good balance, plus bat speed and an aggressive approach. He's primarily an offensive player who's a marginal runner and outfielder. He does have some arm strength, having thrown 91 mph while going 6-0 on the mound as a senior at Bellaire. George will begin 2002 in extended spring training.