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Mychal Givens (Photo: Perfect Game USA)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Mychal Givens
Position:Shortstop
School:H B Plant HS (Fla.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:5/13/90
Height:6'2"
Weight:185 lbs.
Bats:Both
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):2/28/09
Game(s):Jefferson HS, Tampa


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting ability:Givens isn't a raw hitter, like some athletic high schoolers are, but there is some risk in his bat.
Power:He's got some strength for future power, but doesn't currently have a power stroke. He hits off his front foot.
Running speed:He's not a burner, but he does have plus speed.
Base running:He appears to have a good idea of what he's doing on the basepaths.
Arm strength:Also a talented pitching prospect, he has at least plus arm strength.
Fielding:He shows the ability to be a good defender at shortstop.
Range:He's got very good actions and can go left and right very well.
Physical Description:Givens has a rangy, athletic frame that should allow him to add strength as he matures
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:His athleticism, with plus speed and good overall defensive actions.
Weaknesses:Will he hit enough? There's talent there, but there's a question over whether the bat will carry to the next level.
Summary:Givens is one of the better all-around athletes in the Draft class who will get looks both at shortstop and on the mound on Draft day. He's a good defender with a plus arm who uses his athleticism well. A plus runner, he's got the kind of frame that should allow him to get stronger ... which could lead to more power. The key to unlocking that will be a better overall hitting approach. There is some risk with his bat, but if a team feels he'll hit, he'll go early.