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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Ryan Flaherty (Credit: John Amis/AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Ryan Flaherty
School:Vanderbilt University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:200 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/22 - 02/24/08
Game(s):DeMarini Invitational

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Flaherty has a classic, left-handed swing. He's a very good low-ball hitter.
Power:He's got some power, but he doesn't elevate for home run pop.
Running Speed:Flaherty has below-average speed.
Base running:He's not a base-clogger, but speed is not a tool in any way.
Arm Strength:He's got plus arm strength from shortstop.
Fielding:He's got very good hands for an infielder.
Range:His range is below average and he'll likely have to move to third as a pro.
Physical Description:Flaherty is a big, strong and athletic infielder.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:With a smooth left-handed swing, Flaherty should hit for average at the next level. He could be a good third baseman in the future.
Weaknesses:He doesn't run well and doesn't have the range to stay at shortstop.
Summary:A strong and athletic infielder with a classic left-handed swing, he's drawn a comparison to Wally Joyner in terms of his offensive skill set. He should hit for average, but hasn't shown much power at this point. Defensively, he's got a good arm, but does not have the range to stay at short. A move to third might make the most sense given his size.