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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Allan Dykstra (Credit: Wake Forest University)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Allan Dykstra
Position:First base
School:Wake Forest University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:05/21/87
Height:6'5"
Weight:240 lbs.
Bats:Left
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):04/19/08
Game(s):Virginia


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting Ability:He's not the most pure bat in the Draft, but he's got a nice swing and is a pretty decent hitter.
Power:His best tool; he's got good power from the left side.
Running Speed:He has below-average speed.
Base running:It's not really a part of his game.
Arm Strength:He's got an adequate arm at first base.
Fielding:He's limited to first base. An experiment at third base did not work.
Range:He has limited range, but will be OK at first.
Physical Description:Dykstra is what you want from a first baseman: big and strong with power from the left side.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Improved hitting ability; power.
Weaknesses:He's limited to first base and he's a bit behind the upper-tier first basemen in this class.
Summary:In another year, Dykstra might be a hot commodity as a college lefty power-hitting first baseman with advanced skills at the plate. But if there's one strength in this class, it's first basemen, and he's probably a half-step behind the elite players at the spot. An experiment at third didn't work, so Dykstra will probably have to wait -- albeit not too long -- until other first sackers go off the board.