M’s Go to Germany and Cavan Cohoes for #273
I’ve been following the draft for over ten years now and this one is completely new to me.
For a long time, there’s been talk of instituting an international draft, and when the subject comes up, the issue is always logistics. How are we going to follow players from all around the world? How do we stack them up against each other? The Mariners just drafted a kid who goes to high school on a military base in Germany. What now?
Baseball America has no data on this guy. The draft map does not extend to U.S. barracks abroad. Cohoes is a guy who played tennis and baseball in high school, which is different, and on the field he was mostly a shortstop but got some time in center and on the mound too. In spite of the varying positions, he seems pretty darned smooth on the field, charges well, reads hops like a pro, and transfers but quick. His arm and his speed at the best tools there, and while the competition has been mostly European (again, not bad in Germany, better if he’s played a little bit against Dutch teams too), he’s always wanted to be a baseball player and works out constantly, and that seems like just the kind of thing that the M’s want to hear. He’s committed to Ohio State, but more than anything it seems like he just wants to play some baseball.
The bat looks decent. It’s a little upper body intensive, but he’s fast and level and it doesn’t seem like the swing really has significant holes in it. If he gets a little more lower body action into it, he seems big enough to generate some power later on. The M’s went way, way off the radar for this one but he could end up being a steal.