Scouting Video: CF Steven Doetsch

<B>Steven Doetsch</B> is the third standout player featured in our 2003 Amateur Draft Scouting Video. Doetsch, 19, had a tremendous GCL season finishing with a .320/.404 /.500 line after being drafted in the 14th Round out of Indian River Community College.

Steven Doetsch Scouting Video (Premium)

Scouting Report:
Most of the time when a team takes a flier out on a JUCO player and selects him in the 14th round, the hope is to find a steal. If this was the goal of the Braves scouting directors, it may have already come to fruition. If, on the other hand, the Braves-brass knew what they had in this 19-year old Indian River CC center fielder, then the Atlanta front office is borderline clairvoyant.

After signing a contract with the Braves on June 3rd, Doetsch would accumulate 228 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League, and in that time post a line of 0.320 / 0.404 / 0.500. Subsequently, he would pace the league in hits with 73 and home runs with 8. Other examples of his statistical prowess include average, slugging percentage, extra-base hits (22), runs batted in (37), and runs scored (39) in which he ranked sixth, third, fourth, third, and third respectively. Some positive portents of future success for Doetsch are his good 0.084 isolated on-base percentage and a not excellent, but very respectable, 0.51 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Both of these are fueled by his realization of the positives of the free pass, which led to a modest 9.12 at-bats for every walk.

Doetsch, from the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area, enjoyed an excellent career in high school, first at St. Petersburg Catholic for two years, then Northside Christian for two more years. He was rewarded for this amateur success by being selected in the eighth round by the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2002 draft; but feeling slighted initially by his draft position, and then later by the course of the negotiations, Steven chose to attend Junior College and further hone his craft. At Indian River Community College, Doetsch hit .389 with 26 extra-base hits, and even though his draft position was lower in 2003, he decided that both the time and the team were right. Based on early results, it seems as if the time and player were also right for the Braves.

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