Born: 4/29/1985Bats: Left Throws: Right
Bourquin was an exceptional athlete in high school, earning All-Ohio honors in Baseball, Basketball, and Football. Ronnie guarded LeBron James in the state semifinals as a senior. His father and brother both played baseball at Malone College, so athletics are in his bloodlines. As a high school senior, Ronnie batted .519 while setting school career records in at-bats, runs, hits, RBI, and batting average. He was named the Northeastern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year as a senior, and earned 1st Team All-Ohio honors as a senior as well. Ronnie burst on the Big Ten scene as a freshman, batting .333 in 46 games, while being named to the Big Ten Tournament Team. Bourquin played for the Stark County Terriers of the Great Lakes League following his freshman campaign, where he hit .256. Ronnie battled through an injury riddled sophomore season, where he notched only a .268/.373/.344 line in 49 games. After a rough second season, Ronnie came back with a vengeance in 2006, leading the Big Ten in hitting at .416, and earning Conference Player of the Year honors. Bourquin came within one hit of tying the school record for hits in a season. He is a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Brooks Wallace Award, and was named a 3rd Team All-American.
Bourquin is an outstanding athlete, who should be able to handle just about any position on the diamond. His instincts are rough at third base, and he is likely to either move across the diamond to first base, or to an outfield corner eventually. He is an average runner who moves well, and has good reactions. His arm is strong and accurate, but he struggles with footwork. Offensively, Ronnie is an outstanding contact hitter, who commands the strike zone very well. He recognizes pitches early and keeps the barrel of his bat in the zone for a long time, allowing him to shoot balls to all fields with regularity. He demonstrates good pull power to right field. He is currently more a line drive hitter, but he has demonstrated increased loft over the last year, and should add homerun power as he continues maturing. He takes an advanced approach to his at-bats and his offensive work ethic is tireless. He should hit for average and power at all levels, while also drawing plenty of walks. Ronnie has a complete offensive game that should get better with more refined instruction and more game experience. His total package needs some work, but he has a relatively high ceiling, despite being a third-year college player.
Performance Year Team AB H 2B HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG 2006
Ronnie broke a bone in his left thumb that caused him to struggle through his sophomore season at Ohio State. He has fully recovered, and has shown no lasting effects from the injury. Bourquin has not experienced any other significant injuries at this point in his career.
Many scouts projected Bourquin as more of a fourth to eighth rounder, so he should be a very easy sign. I would expect him to be signed almost immediately, and with the struggles of Cory Middleton at West Michigan, he could jump right to the Midwest League. His approach at the plate is refined enough to handle the leap straight to full-season ball, and he should continue his hitting ways upon arrival. Ronnie's defense should be the only thing that holds him back from flying through the system, as every other part of his game is very advanced. The quicker he settles in at third base, or moves to a less challenging position, the better off he will be. I expect him to get a taste of AA by the close of the 2007 season, and possibly see Detroit sometime in late 2008.