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Grae Kessinger

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Grae Kessinger
Name: Graeber Crawley Kessinger
Born: Aug 25, 1997 in Oxford, MS
College: Mississippi
High School: Oxford (Miss.) HS
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 204 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (68th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2019 (signed for $750,000)
If Kessinger ends up being the best shortstop in his family, whichever team drafts him would be thrilled. After all, Grae’s grandfather, Don, played over 2,000 games for the Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox, earning six All-Star appearances and two Gold Gloves. Kessinger has been Ole Miss’ starting shortstop for three seasons. He’s sure-handed and has an above-average arm, although, like many college shortstops, his range is fringe-average, which raises concerns about whether he can play there long term. At the plate, Kessinger was significantly overmatched as a freshman, but he’s gotten stronger and has been especially effective in conference play this year, hitting .398 in SEC games, which ranks second in the league. He doesn’t really have a plus tool, and he projects to be a .250-.260 hitter in pro ball with modest power. However, Kessinger’s well-rounded skillset, solid numbers in a tough conference and his ability to play up the middle will likely push him into the late second or early third round on draft week.
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