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Danny Putnam

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Danny Putnam
Name: Daniel Christopher Putnam
Born: Sep 17, 1982 in Scott Air Force Base, Ill. USA
High School: Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego
College: Stanford
Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
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Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (36th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2004 (signed for $950,000)
Putnam has excelled for arguably the best high school (Rancho Bernardo High, San Diego) and college programs in the country, as well as last summer for Team USA. Yet he'll be drafted for the first time in June. He's expected to be a late first-round pick, quite possibly by Oakland, which has four selections before the start of the second round. Putnam fits the Athletics profile almost to perfection. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, he's not overly physical, and beyond his bat his tools are marginal. But he may be the most polished hitter in the draft. He got few leg hits on his way to building a .393 average, and his 32-29 walk-strikeout ratio is made to order for an organization that emphasizes plate discipline. Putnam has a wide, balanced stance and generates exceptional bat speed, attacking balls with a quick, short stroke. Based on his performance last summer, he should have little problem adjusting to wood and should move quickly to the big leagues. Scouts compare him to Padres outfielder Brian Giles, another San Diego high school product who stands less than 6 feet. Putnam is a below-average defender and will be relegated to left field. He doesn't anticipate well, gets poor jumps in the field and lacks arm strength. But it's all about his bat.
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