M’s Go to Germany and Cavan Cohoes for #273

Jay Yencich · June 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm · Filed Under Minor Leagues 

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.

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Patch HS story on Cohoes hitting game-winning two-run HR in championship game


8 Responses to “M’s Go to Germany and Cavan Cohoes for #273”

  1. lalo on June 7th, 2011 12:43 pm

    Cohoes ran 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash — as fast as an NFL-caliber wide receiver — and threw 94 mph on the radar gun during the summer camps.

    Sounds great…

  2. Gregor on June 7th, 2011 12:46 pm

    Sehr gut!

  3. inspiration100 on June 7th, 2011 12:50 pm

    You can bet if you tell him to run, he’ll run.

  4. Typical Idiot Fan on June 7th, 2011 12:52 pm

    Begun has the rise of the übermensch! Es lebe Deutschland!

    (Yeah I know he’s an American, but this is too fun to ignore)

  5. dchappelle on June 7th, 2011 4:18 pm

    We have so little info. But he looks good! Have to say I like the pick. Very different. Have to wonder though if he could’ve been had in round 40 or something.

  6. SonOfZavaras on June 8th, 2011 1:55 pm

    I’m actually wondering if we needed to use a draft slot at all on the guy. If he was under Baseball America’s radar, I can well believe that he was under the other teams’ radars as well.

    Why not make a undrafted free agent tender? But then again, some other team might have had a bead on him, too.

    In this day and age, if you can run from home plate to first base in 4 seconds flat or less? You’ll get a scout’s attention.

  7. Jay Yencich on June 8th, 2011 3:12 pm

    Other teams were on him. It’s in the article. And if he wasn’t drafted, he’d just go to Ohio State.

  8. L1089 on June 8th, 2011 11:46 pm

    I’m not one to normally leave comments on these sites but I have to for this one. I’m one of Cavan’s coaches, for two years. This kid is that good and your team is lucky to have him. Not only is he a tremendous talent, he’s also one of the nicest young men you’ll ever meet. We have 10 MLB teams come to our practices in Germany (Oh my God, all the way to Germany to see this and other players) this season. 6 MLB teams were at our European Championships two weeks ago where Cavan hit two monster home runs. He has the speed, fast twitch muscles and heart to make it in the big leagues. The Yankees and Cubs are very disappointed that they didn’t get him. Don’t be surprised if you see 2-5 more young men drafted over the next 2 seasons.

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