20th Round, 614th Overall: Drew Bridges, 3B, Carthage HS, Bats: Left, Throws: Right, 6-foot-4, 230-pounds
Baseball America’s report: Bridges earns Brett Wallace comparisons because he’s a big-bodied left handed hitter who can produce for average and might have interesting power if he adds loft to his swing. That parallel comes with good and bad, because Wallace went 13th overall in the 2008 draft but has been ineffective in the big leagues. Bridges draws mixed reviews on whether he’s ready for pro ball or would be better served attending Missouri State. A 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, he does a nice job of using the entire field as a hitter. He has cleaned up his body and has soft hands, yet his below-average speed and footwork probably have him destined for first base. He has arm strength and has been clocked at 85-86 mph while pitching.
MLB.com’s report: Prep first basemen need both very good hitting and power tools to get drafted, and luckily for Bridges, he has them both. Bridges has a very good feel for hitting and consistently makes hard contact. His bat speed and pure strength should allow him to have above-average power in the future. Defensively, he has below-average range to both sides and will need some work in pro ball. Bridges’ bat will always be what carries him, however, and is what will ultimately get him drafted.
MY TAKE: Another all bat, no glove corner infielder for the Yankees (with the arm he has there is potential for him to be a decent third basemen or even a right fielder though). He’s a bit of a signability guy and if that’s the case then the odds of the Yankees signing him can’t be amazing with all the other corner infield bats. Hopefully they do though because with all of these power bats potentially being added to the system it’s not going to be all pitching prospects for a change.