Name: Cord Sandberg, OF, Manatee HS, Bradenton, Fla.
Height/Weight: 6'3", 210 LBS
Ceiling: Above Average Regular, Floor: Fourth Outfielder
Cord Sandberg is one of this classes' best overall athletes, and he possesses major upside across the board, but is also committed to play quarterback at Mississippi State.
The lefty has the potential to be a five-tool centerfielder someday, but he's extremely raw, and his commitments are still relatively unknown. He also has a rep of being a hard worker (the "I'm in the best shape of my life" of the draft process), and his father made a brief appearance in the Red Sox system.
If he commits to baseball -- whether it be college, or the draft -- his speed, arm strength and athleticism should all translate fairly easily, but there's obvious questions about his bat and defense (from a pure skills standpoint). He's said to have a quick swing and "plus power potential". Here's a pretty extensive video of his swing/defense:
Based on talent alone, Sandberg is probably a first-round prospect. But because he's still somewhat iffy on sport/college commitment, and raw, in terms of pure baseball skills, I could see him sliding anywhere from rounds 2-5. If the Astros follow a similar strategy in 2013 that they did in 2012, maybe they could throw a bunch of money Sandberg's way, in the later rounds, stealing him away from football.
Below is the beginning of my 2013 MLB Draft Big Board, based on the prospects I've researched thus far.
2013 Big Board (2/17/13)
- Alex Balog, RHP, San Francisco
- Cord Sandberg, OF, Manatee HS (FL.)
- Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS
- Cavan Biggio, 3B, St. Thomas HS, Houston