2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 25: Jamodrick McGruder

Jamodrick McGruder, 2B/OF, Everett AquaSox (A-, average age 21.3 in 2012)

5-8, 155 lbs, 21 years old

Bats: Left, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2012 Amateur Draft (9th round)

2012 Ranking: Unranked

ETA: 2017

Jamodrick McGruder is somewhat of a throwaway prospect for many as he’s a later round pick, a college junior, and extremely small. In Everett McGruder posted a high walk rate (13.1 percent), a reasonably low strikeout rate (12.4 percent), and stole 30 bases in only 65 games, and was only caught five times. McGruder’s chances of remaining at second base are fairly limited, but if he works hard and gets a lot of breaks he’s got a similar skill set to Chone Figgins, with less infield ability, and more potential to be a quality defensive outfielder.

Potential (of 40): 21

Probability of Success (of 30): 7

Positional value (of 20): 10

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 48

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  1. Saw Jamodrick play in Everett last season and there was nothing there to wow me. He appeared average at the low-A level, which is never a good sign — if you don’t play like an absolute stud at low-A, it’s hard to envision you moving up the ladder, let alone making the big leagues. Contrast that to some of the players I’ve seen at Everett that have shown something over the years — Felix, Luis Valbuena, Bryan LaHair, to name three — and there’s nothing to indicate that this dude will make it to the majors. I could be wrong, and I hope I am, but for now the majority of the appeal surrounding this guy seems to come from three things: 1) His diminutive size 2) his speed, and 3) his name.

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