2012 6th-Round Pick: SS Timmy Lopes
Last year, Timmy’s brother Christian signed in the 7th-round for $800k. Timmy isn’t going to have that kind of money as his signing bonus, but he got picked a round higher and will have that to lord over his brother. Heck, some think that he’s better now.
Lopes might qualify as the “baseball rat” pick of this draft for the M’s, though he’s not a super high-motor guy. He’s just a solid, instinctual player that gets good marks for effort and seems to handle all aspects of the game fairly well and knows what he’s doing. The fielding video I saw showed some quick transfers and good throws, though the arm strength didn’t look crazy good or anything, nor did his footspeed.
I haven’t managed to find a lot of video on him swinging the bat. One showed him using a pretty level swing to pull a ball. The other had him lay off on various pitches up and down before trying to golf one, the result of which was him fouling out. The scouting info MLB.com has on him suggests that he’s a good contact hitter and sprays the ball around the field, so it would seem that the former may be more likely than the latter.
For your own reference, it’s not Lopes as in Lopez with an s, but rather like the verb “lope.”