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6/11/2020 : 2020 Draft - Phillies Fifth Round Pick

With the 146th overall selection in the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft the Phillies selected 21 year old OF Baron Radcliff from Georgia Tech University ... he’s 6’4” 239 and is a left handed hitter and right handed thrower.

Here’s Baseball America’s scouting report :

“If you were just lining up the players in the 2020 class with the biggest raw power, you wouldn’t list many before Radcliff. A powerful, 6-foot-4, 228-pound outfielder Radcliff has plus-plus raw power that wows scouts. He used that juice to hit 12 home runs in 2019, when he made the All-ACC second team. Concerns about his hit tool have Radcliff back a bit in college and could hold him back in pro ball. While he can impact a ball exceptionally well when he times it up, he’s struggled with whiffs and consistently tapping into his power. Radcliff hit .180/.229/.348 as a freshman with a strikeout rate around 45 percent. That rate is unsustainable, and to Radcliff’s credit he improved over the next two years, but still whiffed around 30 percent of the time as a sophomore and through 16 games during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. The shortened season impacts Radcliff as much as any college prospect, as he has the upside and tools to go as high as the second round, but he needed a strong full season of at-bats to prove that to scouting departments. Without that, teams will be skeptical that he can get to even a below-average hit tool. Last summer in the Cape Cod League, Radcliff hit six home runs in 29 games, but he managed just a .237/.318/.495 line with a 34-percent strikeout rate. Radcliff runs well in a straight line and has played center field previously, but he’s a better fit for a corner outfield spot.”

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