Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Round 31: Josh Tobias, OF, Southeast Guilford HS (North Carolina)

Perfect Game Bio

One sentence analysis: The switch-hitting middle infield prospect compares his batting game to Carl Crawford and defense to Jimmy Rollins, but will most likely fulfill his commitment to the University of Florida.

More analysis and notes:
From Perfect Game: "Excellent All around Talent, Very good at WWBA, big power/speed combo, Aflac All American, big showing at PG National."
From Steve Garrity, DraftSite, 7/14/10: "Josh Tobias is...5’9"-ish, but he is built like a running back at 190 lbs. In the case of Tobias, big things come in small packages, as he produces some of the biggest power in the class. He is a switch hitter, though that may come to an end at the professional level as he is much more comfortable from the right hand side. Tobias utilizes a very short and compact stroke, along an extremely quiet load (he turns his front foot in to transfer his weight back before exploding forward), and amazingly quick hands to make consistent contact. In the field, he plays the left side of the infield, and can handle himself on the high school level. Tobias has plus speed, and it is a huge help at short, as it allows him to make all the plays. However the game is faster at the professional level, and with his size, some are not ruling out a possible move to second base. Tobias is one of the most toolsy players on the prep scene, and he continues to improve."

Tobias has not signed with the Nationals.

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