Yankees 2013 11th round draft pick: Kendall Coleman

11th Round, 344th Overall: Kendall Coleman, RF, Rockwall HS (TX), Bats: Left, Throws: Left, 6-foot-4, 200-pounds

Baseball America’s report: Coleman stands out with his lean 6-foot-4, 185-pound build. He doesn’t have nearly the same athleticism or tools, but his body reminded me of Lewis Brinson. Coleman, who is committed to Iowa, bats and throws left handed. With his below-average speed and arm strength, he is limited to a corner outfield spot, so it will come down to his bat. His swing looks a little long and uphill at times, but he makes loud contact when he connects. I would be patient with him because of his frame and left handed bat.

MY TAKE: The Yankees got a big time bat here, but there are serious questions about his defense. If he can hit though, he’ll play somewhere so that’s not something to be overly worried about. The Yankees clearly feel like they lack power bats in the system because they’ve already added a few of them in the draft.

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One Response to Yankees 2013 11th round draft pick: Kendall Coleman

  1. FarmWizard says:

    I saw Coleman play a lot this year. His team made it to the state quarterfinals, blowing a five-run lead in Game 3 of a three-game series to top-ranked eventual state champion The Woodlands.
    He batted .408 with 4 homers, 36 RBI and double-digit steals in 41 games. Has made great strides this year as he grows into his body.
    I consider him more a line-drive hitter than a major power source. The Baseball America report on his defense seemed harsh. Coleman played center field the last two years. He doesn't have blazing speed, but his long stride covers a lot of ground. Maybe not a major league center fielder, but I don't see him as a defensive liability.