2012 Draft Scouting Report: Keon Barnum

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look prep infielder, Keon Barnum.

Name: Keon Barnum
Position: First Base
School: King H.S. (Fla.)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Spring Season


Physical Description

Barnum's physicality is the first thing you notice upon seeing him. He's cut from the mold of the Ryan Howard types of the big league world and he's already very physically mature. He'll also need to keep his frame in check over the years.

Hitting

Scouts have been looking for Barnum to bring his offensive potential more into game action for awhile now. And, he's just not quite there yet. He keeps his swing short and he has good bat speed, but he just hasn't been all that consistent yet. He swings and misses a little too often right now and that's been a growing concern for evaluators. However, the upside still intrigues many, considering his bat speed, pitch selection, and raw strength.

Power

What you hope to get out of Barnum is a 30 home run bat in the big leagues. He shows consistent plus raw power now and is slowly translating that into game action. He produces easy loft and he's proven he can easily drive the ball out to all fields.

Fielding

Barnum is limited as to where he's going to play. He's already at first base at the prep level and that's where he's going to stay, in all likelihood. He shows pretty good hands over there and his athleticism plays well at the position.

Speed

About an average runner currently, I'd expect Barnum to be about a fringe-average runner for the long haul. He's a fairly good athlete, but his large frame only figures to fill out more over the years so he may lose a step.

Summation

What you call Keon Barnum is a high risk, high reward pick for the team who takes him. There's a possibility he puts his raw offensive skills together and becomes a 30 home run, 100 RBI first baseman. But, there's some work to be done on the part of the professional coaches who get their hands on him.

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