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Option for a super utility type player in rounds 3-5ish?

14. Tyler McDonough, 2B/OF, North Carolina State (BA Rank: 128)
Grade: R-So. • Ht: 5-10 • Wt: 180 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

.341 | .428 | .641 | 223 AB | 57 R | 76 H | 15 HR | 44 RBI | 33 BB | 46 K | 13 SB

McDonough rated as the No. 283 player in the 2020 class but went undrafted and headed back to North Carolina State for his third season, where for the third time he hit over .300 and continued to add more in-game power to his game. Listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, McDonough doesn’t jump out at you with loud tools, but he’s become a player who scouts appreciate the more they watch him. He does everything on the field at a high level and is the sort of skilled gamer who area scouts are drawn to. McDonough controls the zone well, doesn’t swing and miss much and takes his share of walks, and this season he hit a career-high 15 homers. Scouts have said those homers have come with a longer swing and more aggressive hacks, and his 17% strikeout rate was the highest of his career, which shows a slight shift in his approach. McDonough has spread his homers all over the field and his exit velocities are impressive for a player of his size, so perhaps solid power will be part of his game at the next level as well. McDonough has spent most of his time in center field for the Wolfpack, but he has the defensive versatility to play all over the place, including second base, third base and perhaps even shortstop in a pinch. He’s a better runner underway than he is out of the box and went 30-for-36 (83%) over his career in stolen base attempts. McDonough has plenty of promising statistical indicators and he could go off the board in the second-to-fourth-round range.

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On 6/18/2021 at 12:18 AM, NCsoxfan said:

Option for a super utility type player in rounds 3-5ish?

14. Tyler McDonough, 2B/OF, North Carolina State (BA Rank: 128)
Grade: R-So. • Ht: 5-10 • Wt: 180 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Never Drafted

.341 | .428 | .641 | 223 AB | 57 R | 76 H | 15 HR | 44 RBI | 33 BB | 46 K | 13 SB

McDonough rated as the No. 283 player in the 2020 class but went undrafted and headed back to North Carolina State for his third season, where for the third time he hit over .300 and continued to add more in-game power to his game. Listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, McDonough doesn’t jump out at you with loud tools, but he’s become a player who scouts appreciate the more they watch him. He does everything on the field at a high level and is the sort of skilled gamer who area scouts are drawn to. McDonough controls the zone well, doesn’t swing and miss much and takes his share of walks, and this season he hit a career-high 15 homers. Scouts have said those homers have come with a longer swing and more aggressive hacks, and his 17% strikeout rate was the highest of his career, which shows a slight shift in his approach. McDonough has spread his homers all over the field and his exit velocities are impressive for a player of his size, so perhaps solid power will be part of his game at the next level as well. McDonough has spent most of his time in center field for the Wolfpack, but he has the defensive versatility to play all over the place, including second base, third base and perhaps even shortstop in a pinch. He’s a better runner underway than he is out of the box and went 30-for-36 (83%) over his career in stolen base attempts. McDonough has plenty of promising statistical indicators and he could go off the board in the second-to-fourth-round range.

Good showing for him today in the CWS.

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Holy crap is this good. Projection, super athletic, clean ,easy, angle/deception, spin, feel.  That's what they look like.  Hurd would be an absolute steal if he makes it to the  2nd round.   

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I'm curious to see how teams handle strategy in his draft. The White Sox can go to like $6.9 million if they choose (which they should). They have $6,618,600 for the first 10 rounds. I'm guessing that most teams will try to take money savers in rounds 4-10. The Sox will try to underslot a prep hitter at 22 IMO. Then they'll have $2 million to use at #57 and they could go over $1 million for their third pick as well. They should leave money in the pool so that they can get solid players in rounds 11-20. 11-20 is $125K without counting against the pool. There's no reason to take a college guy in the 7th round and pay him $150K. That entire $150K would count against the bonus pool. If they do it in rounds 11-20, only $25K would count against the pool. It's going to be interesting. 

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