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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Cutter Dykstra (Credit: Larry Goren)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Cutter Dykstra
Position:Shortstop/Second baseman
School:Westlake HS (Calif.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:180 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/10/08
Game(s):Urban Youth Academy Showcase

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Dykstra did what he often does in this showcase: He absolutely lit it up in BP. It doesn't always translate into games, but he knows how to handle the bat, how to bunt, etc.
Power:He shows flashes of power. He hit the first pitch he swung at in BP out of the park.
Running Speed:Dykstra is an above-average to plus runner.
Base Running:He has a good idea of what to do on the basepaths.
Arm Strength:Dykstra's arm is a tick below average and he has a little bit of an awkward throwing motion.
Fielding:Pure athleticism allows him to occasionally make the spectacular play, but he struggles with the routine plays at times.
Range:He's able to cover ground with pure speed, but he's not a smooth, savvy shortstop.
Physical Description:A slightly bigger version of his father, former big leaguer Lenny, Dykstra is an athletic middle-infielder/center-fielder type.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Knowledge of the game; Major League bloodlines; athleticism; ability to hit and with pop.
Weaknesses:Though he plays shortstop regularly, he does not profile as a guy who can play there at the next level.
Summary:The son of former big-leaguer Lenny, this Dykstra has similar bloodlines with athletic ability, plus speed and some pop in his bat. He won't play shortstop as a pro, but profiles better as an offensive-minded second baseman or center-field candidate.