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Destin Hood (Credit: Aflac)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Destin Hood
School:St. Paul's Academy (Ala.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:185 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/08/08
Game(s):Murphy High School

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Hood has the ability to make hard contact, but isn't always consistent in doing so. He has no problem hitting with wood.
Power:He has tremendous raw power, but will need to work on pitch selection and making consistent contact to turn his BP power into game power.
Running Speed:As a top football recruit at wide receiver, Hood has above-average speed, but he's not as fast on the field as you'd think.
Base running:His speed helps him, but his baserunning skills are a little raw.
Arm Strength:He's got a quick arm, which allow him to get throws to first from shortstop, but he'll need to lengthen out his arm action to play the outfield.
Fielding:He plays shortstop on his high school team, but the outfield will certainly be his home as a pro. It's been difficult to evaluate him in the outfield because he doesn't play there much.
Range:His speed should enable him to get to balls, but left field might be the best place for him because of his arm.
Physical Description:Hood is a premium athlete, with a wide receiver's build.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Overall package of tools; incredible athleticsm. Though he is raw, he does have some feel for the game.
Weaknesses:Two-sport athletes are often a little behind in terms of baseball skills. It's been hard to evaluate what he looks like in the outfield.
Summary:Prospects with the pure athletic ability of Hood will always attract interest. Hood has the potential to do it all, particularly hit with power and run. A shortstop in high school, he'll undoubtedly move to the outfield as a pro. He has some feel for the game, but overall is more projection right now. The big question is whether the team that drafts him will be able to sign him away from being a two-sport star at the University of Alabama.