Q&A with Ben Booker

Ben Booker is one of the nation's top shortstop prospects in high school and a five-tool talent to boot. A senior for Lorena High School in Texas, Booker is projected to be an early round pick in the 2005 MLB Draft despite committing to the University of Baylor.

Where ever Ben Booker has played, his teams have had success. Entering his senior year of high school at Lorena HS, Booker has already seen action in an amazing 18 total playoff games in his young career and is one of the better shortstops in the entire country. Booker has plus range and a tremendous arm in the field, and at the plate, Booker has above average speed to go along with decent power for a middle infielder. As a junior in 2004, Booker hit .357 with 3 home runs and managed to steal 17 bases after helping his team to the 3A Texas State Championship as a sophomore.

Ben Booker sat down with Scout.com for a Q&A session.

Do you play any other sports?
I run track as well as play baseball.

How did you begin playing baseball?
I was about 4 and my dad bought me a glove and a ball and it all just started from that point on.

Entering your final season in high school what are your goals and expectations for this season?
We have a pretty good team this year and I think we should return to the state championships as we did couple of years ago.

Have you committed to a college for 2005?
I committed to Baylor.

What was the deciding factor in choosing Baylor?
It is close to home and my family can watch me play

What would you consider the biggest strength in your game right now?
I think couple of my biggest strengths are having quick hands at the plate and being real patient and both of those I believe will be a big positive at the next level for my career.

Give us a scouting report on Ben Booker defensively.
I have quick agility, which is an essential for a short stop, and also have some soft hands which allows me to make more successful plays.

What position do you see yourself playing in the future?
Either short stop or the outfield.

Which outfield position?
Centerfield.

Is it tough for you getting all this media attention in high school?
It is not really that tough in terms of managing your academics, however you just have to prepare yourself ahead of time to be ready and not fall back.

How would you rate the level of your high school competition?
It is some decent competition, it could be better, it is not the best, but it does provide somewhat of a challenge.

What has been your most memorable baseball moment so far?
My sophomore yr when we won the state, we worked hard the whole season to achieve that goal and it was real rewarding at the end when we finally won the championship.

Do you have any goals for next years MLB Draft?
Just to get drafted high enough and hopefully be selected in the first 5 rounds of the draft.

What are some things you are currently working on to become an overall better player?
Sharpening my tools in terms of working on my base running and fielding lots of ground balls to get my hands better.

Being a senior and having finished your trips to the different baseball showcases around the country, what advice would you give to a player just beginning his high school career and playing in showcases?
That it helps you to show your talent to the scouts. The key thing is to not be nervous and just play your game on the field to the best of your abilities.


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