Sunday, June 04, 2006

Ricky Caputo - Hofstra, Senior
Third base

6’1”, 185

54 GS 204 AB 48 R 11 2B 1 3B 12 HR 47 RBI 26 BB 38 K 13/14 SB

Nice balance of speed and power, not a big time prospect by any means but worth taking a chance on the second day of the draft as an easy sign, college senior type. His defense at third base was very impressive and he has enough athletic ability to play just about anywhere on the diamond – I think he a conversion to second base would be the best move for him as he starts his professional career. Caputo is a good enough athlete that he profiles as a potential utility man if everything breaks right for him. Below are my unedited game notes from the Hofstra-Northeastern game on May 5:

1st – HBP – an Ottavino fastball nailed him right on the elbow, Caputo didn’t even flinch – it was pretty incredible to watch
3rd – great play on a Chris Emanuele line drive at third
5th – confusing play: Caputo claimed he got hit by a pitch, began trotting down to first, there was a Hofstra player on first who saw Caputo coming down the line and began going to second himself – the problem was the umpire did not say Caputo got hit by the pitch…long story, short = the baserunner was in no man’s land between second and first and was eventually tagged out
5th – strong backhanded play, plus arm – stood out on multiple plays (backhand, E-5, 5-3 DP)
6th – line drive single to left, hit hard, not real big, athlete first, masher second
7th – strikeout on 3 pitches


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