PP 2004 Scouting Report: SS, Grant Plumley

The New York Yankees selected shortstop Grant Plumley out of Oral Roberts University in the 9th round (279th Overall) in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft. Plumley has already shown some big time talent in the early days of his professional career. He was assigned to the short season, Staten Island Yankees and he soon became a stand out performer with his slick play in the field and his quick stroke at the plate. Let's take a better look at Grant Plumley and what he brings to the Yankee organization.

Vital Statistics

Name: Grant Plumley

DOB: December 21, 1981

Height: 6' 0"

Weight: 185

Bats: Right 

Throws: Right

College: Oral Roberts University

How Acquired: The New York Yankees selected Grant Plumley in the 9th round (279th Overall) of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft.

 

Grant Plumley was key component to the Oral Roberts University baseball machine over the past two seasons and now he is showing how he can be a major contributor to the Staten Island Yankees and the Yankee organization itself. He is a rare case for a young ballplayer as his defense is as fundamentally sound as it comes and he is an excellent contact hitter. Some scouts would describe him as vastly matured beyond his years. He brings a superb combination of gap-to-gap hitting, that make him perfect for the number two spot in the lineup, and his excellent defense that is matched by very few players of his age.

 

This young shortstop began to show his promise as a ballplayer as early as his high school days in Lake Forest California at El Toro High School. Plumley stuck out as he starred in high school. He became the flashy shortstop that he is today and also was by far the best hitter on his team. In his career in high school, Grant Plumley batted .381 with ten home runs, ten doubles, three triple and 44 RBI. He also owned a staggering .504 on base percentage. As a senior, he was also named to the Orange County, California All-Star Team. After he graduated from El Toro, Plumley was scouted out by many colleges including Texas Tech, UNLV, Cal-State Northridge and Loyola Marymount.  However, he chose to attend Golden West College.

 

As he seems to do everywhere he plays, Grant Plumley was highly successful at Golden West College. He emerged as a star caliber player as a sophomore as he batted an impressive .363 with two home runs and eleven doubles. Plumley also ranked second in the conference with his four triples. However, change was soon to come for this emerging amateur prospect as he was set to make a transfer to the prestigious baseball program of Oral Roberts University. It was there that he was no longer an emerging star but he was one.

 

Entering his senior year, speculation began to circle him about his draft day possibilities for the upcoming event. However, that speculation did not seem to effect him in any way whatsoever. Plumley became possibly the team's best all around player and hitter as he was second on the team with 64 RBI and fourth on the team with five home runs. So, in other words, he was able to display five tool potential as he was spectacular on defense with a .987 fielding percentage. With some solid powered and contact hitting, the high ceiling exists for a star caliber type of ballplayer.

 

So, Grant Plumley has already shown that what he did in college and high school is genuine and that type of talent does exist. The whole organization has to be thrilled with the type of defense they have gotten out of him as well. But, that has been his calling card throughout his career. Some players it is very easy to see when they have the talent enough to play at the next level. Plumley appears to be one of those players as he has excelled early on in Staten Island.

 

Year School AVG. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB SO OB% SB FLD%
2003 Oral Roberts U. .331 251 43 83 22 1 5 64 122 .486 16 34 .365 12 .987

Batting and Power. Grant Plumley is most likely the perfect, stereotypical hitter for the second spot in the batting order. In fact, playing shortstop, even though he is expected to be a better fielding shortstop, and the way he hits the ball, Plumley shows shades of the Yankee captain himself, Derek Jeter. He has average power but he can shoot the gap at any time with plenty of authority. Has very quick hands and explodes through the zone. Is very adept at inside outing the ball with decent power. At this point, he is still a very impatient hitter but the majority of hitters are at his level of play. However, he does make good contact and will have very low strikeout numbers. Should have 15-20 HR power in the big leagues and could be a .300+ hitter.

Base running and Speed. Plumley is an excellent base runner no matter which way you cut it. While he is not blazing fast, his speed would be considered slightly above average. Grant Plumley could be a 20 stolen base guy in the big leagues. Is a very smart base runner as well.

Defense. This is the strongest part of Grant Plumley's game by far. He can flat out pick at a very tough shortstop position as he has already shown this season in Staten Island. Has an above average throwing arm and his range in fantastic. He is very good at going to his right and his left. Takes very good angles to the ball. Possesses excellent footwork and foot speed. He projects to be a well above average defensive shortstop.

Projection. It is so tough to tell what we can expect from a player that has just begun his professional career. But, going by what is known about him, it is easy to say that Plumley could end up as a Gold Glove caliber shortstop. His offensive skills could also lead him to a .300+ batting average with up to 20 HR power.

ETA. 2008. This year could end up meaning absolutely nothing depending on what Plumley shows in terms of talent. But it seems a logical date to pinpoint on a solid ballplayer at the age of 22 years old.


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