Friday, June 7, 2013

From Cano to Katoh?

Years from now Robinson Cano could be grooming his eventual replacement, Gosuke Katoh. The second baseman for Rancho Bernardo High School in California was the Yankees fourth selection in Thursday's MLB Amateur draft.

After three picks in the first round, the Yankees took Katoh with the 27th pick of the second round, 66th overall. Current Yankee Ichiro Suzuki is Katoh's idol and has influenced the 18-year old's approach at the plate. The senior is listed as 6'2", 180 lbs and bats from the left side.

The Yankees will be competing with UCLA for Katoh's services. Here's's scouting report:

Katoh is the rare high school second baseman who is regarded as a legitimate prospect. He is a solid defender with sure hands and good range. His arm is below average, but it is good enough for second base. Offensively, Katoh has modeled his swing after Ichiro Suzuki. He makes a lot of contact with his compact stroke and takes advantage of his plus speed. Katoh isn't known for his power, but showed some pop this spring. Katoh has a good feel for the game and his instincts allow his tools to play up. He is committed to UCLA.

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