The Scouting Trail: Sunshine State SwingProspects
After traveling from Nashville to Athens during Week Six, The Scouting Trail continued into the Sunshine State during Week Seven. Starting in Fort Myers for a mid-week matchup between Florida International and Florida Gulf Coast, then onto Miami to see a top junior college arm, and ending in Tampa with American Conference powers East Carolina and South Florida, it was another awesome week of evaluating some of the top prospects for this year’s MLB draft. As for tools and talent, here’s what I saw…
No. 303 Joe Genord, 1B, USF– At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Genord is an imposing presence at the plate. He’s aggressive, balanced and takes good hacks while staying connected. He grips it and rips it, wanting to elevate and pull for the long ball. Consistently gets to where he wants to be with his swing, but, on this look, he didn’t finish by driving through the baseball. Instead, he pulled off and did not get extension taking the barrel in/out of the zone. Besides the finish to his swing, he did everything else really well in the batter’s box. Showed plus raw power during batting practice and recognized breaking balls during the game. For the season Genord is slashing .344/.461/.667 with seven home runs and more walks than strikeouts and ranks No. 6 in our First Base Power Rankings. He is a well below average runner and likely limited to first base defensively, but as a former high school catcher he has sure hands and an accurate arm with a quick release. He showed all of these abilities on a smooth and swift 3-6-3 double play. After turning down a chance to sign professionally as the 19th round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2018, Genord will most likely be selected in the top 10 rounds this June as a money saver senior. For additional information and video, please visit our partners at Prep Baseball Report Draft HQ.
What the analytics say Hitting (based on final 2018 spring statistics)
Plate Discipline: 79.2 Hit Ability: 87.2 Game Power: 95.2 Overall: 87.9 (B)