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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Tyler Ladendorf (Credit: Cindy Smith/Howard College)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Tyler Ladendorf
School:Howard College
School Type:Two-Year College
Academic Class:Sophomore
Weight:190 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/28-03/29/08
Game(s):New Mexico Military

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Ladendorf has excellent bat speed and other good hitter's attributes, though he needs more weight on his back side. He's got an unorthodox approach to hitting that will have to be monitored
Power:He has slightly above-average power with natural loft in his swing.
Running Speed:He has above-average speed, especially for his size.
Base Running:He's an aggressive, powerful runner who looks to steal.
Arm Strength:He has a plus throwing arm.
Fielding:He's got average hands and makes the plays at short.
Range:He's got pretty good range, though his body might get too big for shortstop.
Physical Description:Ladendorf is a big athletic shortstop.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Power potential, speed, throwing arm.
Weaknesses:His unorthodox hitting approach may not work at the next level as he doesn't have enough weight on his back side.
Summary:Ladendorf was drafted by the Giants in the 34th round last year (the second year in a row he'd been drafted in that round), but he opted to return to Howard for another season. There's little question his Draft stock has risen since then as he's shown the ability to run, hit for power and field his position pretty well for a player his size. He may not be a shortstop long-term, but he's more than athletic enough to handle a switch. Wherever he plays defensively, his size and athleticism should see him get drafted for a third time much earlier than the previous two.