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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Cody Overbeck (Credit: University of Mississippi)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Cody Overbeck
Position:Third baseman
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:201 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/05-04/06/08

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Overbeck has pretty loose hands and can swing the bat, though it's his power more than his hitting ability that attracts scouts. He has shown a knack for coming up with big hits.
Power:He has big-time raw power. It shows up in games mostly to the pull side.
Running Speed:He's got below-average speed.
Base running:A little bit of a foot problem right now hasn't helped, but normally he's not a clogger.
Arm Strength:He shows a decent arm in practice, but it doesn't play as average in the game.
Fielding:He makes the plays and fields his position fairly well, though he may not be an every-day third baseman down the line.
Range:He makes up for a lack of foot speed with good instincts and positioning.
Physical Description:Overbeck has been compared to Kevin Millar, both in look and in playing ability.
Medical Update:A slight foot problem slowed him recently, but he's basically healthy.
Strengths:Raw power and a reputation for being a gamer who gets the job done.
Weaknesses:None of his tools grade out excessively across the board. He doesn't profile as an everyday third baseman.
Summary:Examine Overbeck tool-by-tool and you might not be all that impressed, but the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. He can swing the bat -- with some power -- and that's the skill that could carry him to the big leagues. Defensively, he may be the type who moves around a bit, some at third, some at first, but he could develop into a Kevin Millar type in the future.