2012 2nd-Round Pick: SS Joe DeCarlo
It is early and things are still surreal for me. The Mariners selected SS Joe DeCarlo out of a Pennsylvania high school. I don’t think we usually have a big scouting presence in Pennsylvania.
DeCarlo is one of those shortstops that looks like he’ll probably move off. I’ve only seen a little bit of and he’s a big kid who looks a little stiff out there so far as range goes. Otherwise the hands and whatnot look to be solid enough to keep him at the hot corner. Good transfers, quick about it. It’s really only footspeed where he’s lacking.
Offensively, he looks like he could put up some numbers in the power department, and it isn’t just because he’s big. The swing looks pretty good and he gets it through the zone pretty quickly. He stands pretty upright in the box and finishes his swing rather high at times, which is interesting. With limited data on him, I don’t know that I can comment on his plate discipline or other important things like that.
No word yet on how this selection affects his presidential campaign.