The Boston Red Sox selected Dustin Pedroia, SS, with their first draft pick. The following are excerpts from various sources on Pedroia. I have bolded the most interesting facets of Pedroia’s game:
Dustin PedroiaMLB.com says
PHYSICALLY MAXED OUT. SMALL, SCRAPPY FRAME W/ AVG STRENGTH FOR SIZE. SIMILAR TO DAVID ECKSTEIN. EVEN STANCE W/ FLEXED KNEES. SMALL LOAD & WEIGHT SHIFT. STEPS IN BUCKET. AVG BAT SPEED, EVEN PLANE BAT CONTROL W/ CONSISTENT CONTACT. HITS WHERE PITCHED. LOTS OF DOUBLES TO GAPS. INSTINCTIVE DEFENDER W/ SOFT HANDS, WORKS GROUND-UP, BALL DISAPPEARS. PLAYS WELL ABOVE TOOLS. HEADSY BASEBALL RAT W/ PLUS INSTINCTS. KNOWS HOW TO PLAY THE GAME. GUY YOU WANT ON YOUR TEAM. DOES WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN.
Pedroia (Woodland, Calif.) finished a close second for earning his second consecutive Pac-10 player of the Year award, but became only the fourth player in ASU history and 22nd in Pac-10 history to earn first-team all-conference honors three straight years. The junior shortstop heads into the NCAA Tournament hitting .395 (92-for-233) with a league-leading 24 doubles, nine home runs and 48 RBI.
Has put together one of the best individual career performances in ASU Baseball history