Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Dodgers Took Mitchell Hansen in 2nd Round - 67th Overall

In the second round of the 2015 draft the Dodgers chose high school outfielder Mitchell Hansen as the 67th overall selection.  Hansen is the first prep player chosen by the club and appears to be a kid with a solid bat.  I've read several reports comparing his swing to Shawn Green.  Best yet, he's excited about potentially being a Dodger, per a recent tweet that you can see below.  You can also follow him on twitter: @M_Hansen2015.  BTW, he has already committed to play for Standford University, so we'll see if the front office can convince him to go pro now.  His allotted slot value is $921,100.00.
Per a Dodgers press release:
In the second round, Los Angeles selected 19-year-old Plano (Texas) Senior High School outfielder Mitchell Hansen. The left-handed hitter was selected as a 2015 Perfect Game 1st Team All-American and batted .432 with two home runs and 18 RBI this season. The 6-foot-4, 197-pound Stanford commit was a member of the 2014 USA Baseball 18U squad and scouted by Dodger scout Josh Herzenberg.

“He’s five-tool corner outfielder and a smart kid from a good home,” said Gasparino.
Per an MLB.com scouting report:
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

One of the more well-rounded position players in the 2015 Draft class, Hansen has solid tools across the board. Evaluators who like him think several of those could develop into plusses, though he'll have to get picked early to deter him from his Stanford commitment.

Hansen has a fluid, compact left-handed swing and a good feel for hitting. He uses the entire field, has performed well against quality pitching on the showcase circuit and with the U.S. 18-and-under national team, and is growing into some power. He's not especially quick out of the batter's box but flashes plus speed at times once he gets going.

Hansen has enough speed and arm strength to play all three outfield positions, though he profiles best in right field. Scouts have compared him to Michael Saunders and Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo, a high school first-rounder in 2011.
Here are some links about the lad.
"I've gone through the same process with my family, friends and prayer that I did deciding about football," Hansen said. "And it's likely I will sign with what we're hearing with the draft. That has always been my dream to play pro baseball."
In celebration of Hansen being picked by the Dodgers I made the above fantasy card for him.  I used a photo from the Plano Wildcats website and the 1971 Topps Baseball card design.

Here is a video of Hansen taking batting pratice at the Under Armour All-American game, via the Baseball Factory.  Per the video description:
Mitchell owns a classic left-handed stroke, with a smooth and pure action through the zone. He is arguably among the best hitters in the 2015 class, thanks to his advanced feel, which allows him to apply his previously mentioned stroke against high-level stuff. He squares the ball up regularly to all parts of the ballpark, with power to the pull side. It's a pleasure to watch him handle the bat. He is a talented and capable all-around athlete with foot speed (6.6 range 60-yard dash) and versatility to patrol all three outfield spots along with the open spaces of the gridiron as a wide receiver.

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