Sunday, July 24, 2011

Round 15: Zach Houchins, SS, Louisburg College

Louisburg Stats Page

One sentence analysis: 2011's most infamous Nats pick hit .349/.391/.512 in Junior College ball this season.

More analysis and notes: roundup: "Houchins hit .349 with four home runs, 35 RBIs and seven stolen bases."
From Baseball America, 6/7/2011: "The best junior-college prospect in the state is either shortstop Zach Houchins or first baseman Tyler Molinaro. Houchins has good strength and bat speed and has consistently hit the ball hard this season. He has a good arm but lacks the speed and actions to stay at shortstop."
Houchins' Twitter has been deleted after some uproar from the Nationals blogosphere for being inappropriate/racist/bad. For Love of the Nationals has a recap post, though, and Adam Kilgore spoke with the apologetic teenager. It would probably be beneficial for both sides if the two part ways now, as the Nats would face a PR disaster by signing him.

Houchins has not signed with the Nationals.

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