Prospect Profile: Scott Sizemore

As a general rule, the Tigers have lacked pop and patience from all prospects in recent seasons, but particularly up the middle. Sizemore brings both qualities to the system, and he should start driving the ball for Oneonta in short order.

Position: Second base Height: 6-0 Weight: 185
Born: 1/4/1985 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Although he's no relation to the Indian's budding star, Grady Sizemore, Scott has a nice history of his own. After garnering Southeastern District and Eastern Region Player of the Year honors as a high school senior, Scott joined the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, and made an immediate impact, appearing in 54 games as a freshman. Despite a very impressive rookie season, Sizemore garnered nothing more than CAA All-Tournament honors, but made up for it in his second season. With a huge second season that included a .364/.464/.673 line, Sizemore brought home 3rd Team All-American, 1st Team All-CAA, and 2nd Team All-East Region honors. With high hopes following such an impressive season, Scott headed off to the Cape Cod League where he continued his offensive ways, earning All-League honors. As a senior, Sizemore slumped to a .300/.378/.515 season, and still earned 2nd Team All-CAA.

Scouting Report
Offensively, Sizemore displays many of the ideal tools you would look for in a solid prospect. He has a short, quick stroke that generates good gap power with plenty of top spin. He doesn't project to drive the ball out of the park, but should hit plenty of doubles, provided he remains within himself. He bought into the hype following his sophomore season, and started swinging for the fences on the Cape and during his junior year. When he remains low, and tries to drive the ball on a line, he becomes a very good offensive player. He controls the strike zone well and strives to be a complete hitter, including making pitchers work to get him out. Defensively, he has some work to do, but he has the potential to be a solid fielder. His hands are average, and his arm is plenty strong for the keystone spot, and if necessary, he could move to third base to make him a more adequate defender. He runs well and has good instincts in all aspects of the game. He projects to be a solid offensive infielder, but not exceptional.
























Health Record
Sizemore has been healthy to this point in his career.

The Future
There is a slim chance Scott could opt to return to VCU for his senior year as a Ram. After a relatively disappointing season in 2006, there may be some belief that if he returns, he could improve his draft stock. Even with another exceptional season in the CAA, it is unlikely he would go much higher than the fourth round because of a limited ceiling. Provided he signs, he should report directly to Oneonta and man second base on a daily basis. He has the potential to carry a plus bat at the position, but he'll need to remain within his abilities to fulfill his potential. The Tigers, as well as other teams, like his overall potential at second, and I believe he will hit enough with wood that he could move quickly. There is little at ahead of him at second base, and he has a higher ceiling than Will Rhymes, so there should be little standing in his way if he performs at a high level.

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