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B.J. Szymanski

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B.J. Szymanski
Name: Brandon Philip Szymanski
Born: Oct 1, 1982 in Wichita Falls, Texas USA
High School: Rider HS, Wichita Falls, Texas
College: Princeton
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 2nd round (48th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2004 (signed for $725,000)
Szymanski has been one of the biggest revelations in this year's draft class. After spending his freshman year as a starting wide receiver on the Princeton football team, Szymanski took part in a Reds tryout camp and was urged by scouts to give baseball a shot. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound center fielder was an instant hit, batting .330 and earning second team all-Ivy League recognition as a sophomore. He rocketed up the draft charts this spring after he hit a mammoth homer off Old Dominion righthander Justin Verlander in front of about 100 scouts in his first game of the 2004 season. He moved up to first team all-Ivy after batting .378-6-48 in the regular season and leading the Tigers in most offensive categories. Szymanski is a gifted, five-tool athlete with a long-limbed body. He has been clocked in the 60-yard dash at 6.45 seconds and shows loose, graceful actions in the outfield with above-average arm strength. At the plate, he has an upright, slightly open stance and a smooth swing. He's a switch-hitter whose swing is almost a mirror image from both sides of the plate, and he has above-average power potential. Szymanski's swing can get long at times, and he could stand to be more patient at the plate.
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