MLB Draft Prospect: Ryan LaMarre – OF – Michigan – Scouting Report

MLB Draft Prospect: Ryan LaMarre – OF – Michigan. Bats: R Throws: L – 6’2″ 205. 11.21.88.

SCOUTED

Purdue @ Michigan – April 9, 2010 (On Film)

Iowa v. Michigan – May 29, 2010 (In Person)

STATISTICS
YR-CLASS-AVE.- AB – H- 2B -3B- HR -RBI -OBP- SLG-SB

2008 – FR – .305 – 141 -43 – 5 -0 – 3 -23 – .376 – .404 – 8
2009 – SO -.344 – 192 -66- 11-1 – 12 -62 -.468 – .599 – 13
2010 – JR – .424 – 144 -61- 9 -5 – 5 -39 – .455 – .660 – 7

Undrafted out of Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan, where he was a 12 time letter winner in Football, Baseball, and Hockey, Ryan LaMarre is one of the most athletic prospects in the 2010 MLB Draft. LaMarre has increased his stock this spring as much as any other draft prospect and has been linked to several clubs as a potential late first round selection.

HITTING – LaMarre hits from the right side and uses his quick hands and level swing to make consistently solid contact. He’s struck out a respectable 14.8% of the time in his college career. An exceptionally aggressive hitter, LaMarre walked only 4 times in 2010 (2.7 BB%), and he’ll need to be more selective as a professional or pitchers will abuse that aggressiveness. He has shown plate dicipline in the past. In 2009 he walked 33 times to go with 36 strikeouts. LaMarre stays back on curve balls and can drive them to right field, and he punishes fastballs on the inner half.

POWER – LaMarre has hit for above average power in college and that trend could continue as a professional because of his quick hands and forearm strength. He may have more power than what he’s shown this season as a broken thumb that caused him to miss 18 games earlier this year may be adversely effecting his swing.

SPEED – LaMarre has some of the best speed in this draft class and it should be playable at any defensive position. On the basepaths however, he’s been caught stealing 15 times in 43 attempts in his college career including being caught 5 times in 12 attempts this season.

ARM – LaMarre’s arm is rated as average and suitable for a move to CF as a professional. In my limited sample the arm seemed to be below average but I’d need to see more to be comfortable giving out any grade.

DEFENSE – LaMarre possesses the instincts and athleticism to play CF and while I may be a doubter, if scouts didn’t feel he had the arm for CF, he wouldn’t be shooting up the draft boards as quickly as he has.

FUTURE – Like Kolbrin Vitek, the lack of inpact bats in this college draft class is a contributing factor to LaMarre’s vault up the draft board. That’s not to take away from LaMarre’s talent which is obvious to anyone who watches him play. His athletisism stands out next to his Big 10 Conference peers. LaMarre could go anywhere from the late first round to the early third, where I think he has the ability to become a starting left fielder for a big league club if he can harness some of that aggressivness and be more selective at the plate.

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