Thursday, August 30, 2012

Max Kepler, OF, Minnesota Twins

Max Kepler is an amazing athlete but had a slow start after signing out of Germany. Both his parents are ballet dancers, so the athleticism is obviously there. Shortly after signing, comparisons to elite athletes were being dropped, including Mickey Mantle. That is crazy but it says there is really something there. The results didn't come immediately but no one expected that.

This season he is repeating the Appalachian League and the skills are starting to really pop. His isolated power is up from .105 to .241. That is enormous. He has hit 10 HR's in 269 AB's and has very good secondary numbers.

Everything is going the right direction for the young German. It would not surprise me a bit if he is in many of the experts top 100 prospect list this spring. He was #86 on my pre-2011 list and #148 prior to this season with my new ranking that included amateurs. However you look at it, he projects to be a future starter in RF or LF and should produce well above average and be a solid MLB starter with a chance to be a star.

Baseball America Article
Baseball Reference Page
MiLB Page
Fangraphs Page

Hit - 55/60
Power - 60
Speed - 50/55
Arm - 50/55
Defense - 55/60

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