2012 9th-Round Pick: 2B Jamodrick McGruder
Jamodrick McGruder. Just rolls right off, doesn’t it? McGruder was one of John Sickels’ draft sleepers, where it was pointed out that he has high-end speed (39 SB, 5 CS) and good discipline (35/45 K/BB). He seems to supplement his OBP totals by getting plunked, which has contributed to his .500 OBP relative to his .358 average. It doesn’t appear that McGruder has a great deal of power, with 23% of his hits going for extras, but one would imagine as a left-handed bat with speed, he’s going to take advantage of speed as much as possible to stretch out his hits. Watching some of the video on him, it seems like he’s already a guy that hits well to all fields, which is a plus.
His offense gets talked up a lot and whenever that happens, I start to get a little bit suspicious about the defense. Sickels and others have suggested that he’s sometimes less than consistent on routine plays. One would imagine that if it came to it, he probably has the wheels to handle the outfield, though one would not know immediately whether or not he would be able to get good reads on balls, etc. Since he was called out as a second baseman, I figure they keep him there for a while. Another solid pick, from the looks of it.