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Draft 2008
Draft Central

James Darnell (Credit: Tony Farlow/MLB.com)


Biographical Data
Player Name:James Darnell
Position:Third Base
School:University of South Carolina
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:01/19/87
Height:6'2"
Weight:210 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):03/14 - 03/16/08
Game(s):Vanderbilt University


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting Ability:Using a swing that's flat through the zone, Darnell can really drive the ball.
Power:He's got more power to the pull side, with line-drive pop on balls on the inner half of the plate.
Running Speed:He's a below-average runner.
Base running:It's not a strength.
Arm Strength:He has a solid-average arm, mabye a tick above.
Fielding:His hands are OK in the infield.
Range:He doesn't have much and may not have the ability to stay at third.
Physical Description:Darnell has gotten more physical, with strength in his shoulders and legs.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:The ability to make consistently solid contact at the plate.
Weaknesses:A lack of agility may force him from third to the outfield.
Summary:Not as much a pure hitter as his South Carolina teammates Justin Smoak and Reese Havens, Darnell still makes solid contact and has some line-drive power, particularly to the pull side. The Cape League All-Star is strong, but not very agile defensively. That could force a move to a corner-outfield position in the future. How much people think he can develop his raw power may determine how quickly he gets drafted.