Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Jeremy Hunt - Villanova, Senior
First base

6'3", 220


54 GS 187 AB 72 H 52 R 14 2B 4 3B 15 HR 56 RBI 35 BB 27 K

Hunt is a well traveled collegiate athlete who played for both the University of Maryland and St. Petersburg College (JUCO) before landing on the Main Line before the 2005 season. He looks like a very promising athlete and an advanced collegiate bat that could help a team’s rookie league squad instantly – not a reason to select a player in the first few rounds, but definitely a consideration come the second day of the draft. He may be the kind of guy who is drafted as an advanced college hitter, but turns out surprising teams by his athletic, projectable frame. His sample of at bats against Notre Dame prospect Jeff Samardzija on May 18th are broken down below:

2nd – ground out to third base on a 1-0 pitch, nearly beating the throw with his surprising speed
4th – got ahead in the count (2-1) before knocking in a run with an RBI single to center field
6th – two out single back up the box on a first ball slider after Samardzija had struck out the first two batters of the inning
9th – pitch sequence: low fastball called a strike (0-1), same pitch as strike one but this time it was called a ball (1-1), line drive double to leftfield – this double chased Samardzija from the ballgame

Hunt showed off a very pretty swing that looked like almost a perfectly level line drive stroke, but one that can still result in homeruns due to his plus strength (see his 15 homers on the year). Concerns about his game will come down to the level of competition he has faced over the years, not to mention any lingering concerns about a guy who has attended three colleges in four years. Hunt is a very large, very powerful man, but also athletic enough to be both a plus defender at first and at least an average runner on the basepaths.


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