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Matt West (Bellaire High School)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Matt West
Position:Shortstop/Third base
School:Bellaire HS, Texas
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/27/07
Game(s):Lamar HS
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:West does have some hitting ability, but sometimes pulls off the ball and had trouble with offspeed stuff in this particular game.
Power:West has the chance to have power, but with the hitting issues mentioned above, there was concern about him getting to that power.
Running Speed:West is fairly athletic and runs close to average.
Arm Strength:West's arm grades out as average.
Fielding:West has good hands, but is more likely to profile at third at the next level.
Range:West has good feet and can cover some ground, but as he matures, he's a third baseman rather than a shortstop.
Physical Description:West has an athletic body with some room for growth and the corresponding power potential.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:West has juice in his bat, handles the glove well. Overall, scouts like his athleticism.
Weaknesses:The question is whether his hittability will allow him to reach his power potential. He'll need to stop pulling off the ball and will have to work on recognizing offspeed stuff.
Summary:West is an athletic high school infielder who is most likely destined to be a third baseman at the next level. He's got power potential, though there are concerns about his ability to hit consistently enough to reach that power. He's got good defensive skills that will play just fine at third, so the question will be about whether he'll be able to fit the third base profile offensively.