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Akil Baddoo

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Akil Baddoo
Name: Akil Neomon Baddoo
Born: Aug 16, 1998 in Silver Springs, Md. USA
High School: Salem HS, Conyers, Ga.
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the supplemental 2nd round (74th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 (signed for $750,000)
Baddoo combines plus speed with an intriguing feel for the barrel. He endeared himself to scouts on the national scene with a strong showing at the 2015 East Coast Pro event, where he showed off his quick hands and even quicker feet. This spring, while his team went just 9-16, Baddoo showed scouts strong bat-to-ball skills, leading some evaluators to believe he could develop a plus hit tool and hit at the top of the lineup. He's a lefthanded hitter (and thrower) with above-average bat speed and a short stroke, but he was pull-happy against quality pitching at East Coast Pro and at the WWBA Championships in the fall and will have to continue to prove himself against quality pitching. Baddoo's arm strength is below-average and his reads and routes lack polish, leading some to envision him as a left fielder long term, though scouts expect him to play center field to start his career. He is committed to Kentucky.
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