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Kevin Ahrens

Biographical Data
Player Name:Kevin Ahrens
Position:Shortstop/Third Base
School:Memorial HS, Houston, TX
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:190 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/16/07
Game(s):Kempner HS

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:New to switch-hitting, Ahrens is better from the right side but has already shown great improvements on the left side. He has a very advanced approach at the plate, especially for a high school hitter.
Power:Ahrens has incredibly quick hands from both sides and projects to hit for some power both left-handed and right-handed.
Running Speed:He's a tick below average.
Arm Strength:He's got plus arm strength from both infield positions.
Arm Accuracy:Ahrens' throws are true and on the money.
Fielding:Ahrens has good hands in the field and catches everything in his vicinity.
Range:This is what may force a move to third in the future. He doesn't have tremendous range and he could grow into a pretty physical third baseman.
Baseball Instinct:Ahrens has shown good instincts with his approach at the plate and his ability to take to switch-hitting, which he just started doing about a year ago.
Physical Description:Ahrens has a strong and athletic body that compares favorably with Chipper Jones when he was coming out of high school, though Jones was a little more athletic and a better runner.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Hitting approach from both sides of the plate.
Weaknesses:Left-handed hitting. His swing from the left side gets loopy at times, but he compensates with quick hands. He should improve as he has more time hitting left-handed.
Summary:Add another fine prep third baseman to the list. There's a lot of upside in Ahrens' offense and while he'll likely end up at third base, he could possibly start as a shortstop because of his hands and arm and play there until he proves he can't stay at the position.