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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Kiel Roling (Credit: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Kiel Roling
Position:Catcher/First Baseman
School:Arizona State University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:240 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/22 - 02/24/08
Game(s):DeMarini Invitational

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Roling is not a great hitter with a swing that can get too big at times.
Power:His best tool is his raw power. In game action, he shows more pull power, but if he elevates, he's got more than enough strength to hit it out the other way.
Running Speed:Roling has way below-average speed.
Base running:He is a base-clogger.
Arm Strength:His only good defensive tool is his above-average arm strength.
Fielding:He is not good defensively. He definitely will not catch at the next level and he's below average at first
Range:He is very slow defensively and thus has little to no range.
Physical Description:Roling is a hulking power hitter with a big, heavy body.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Power. He's got plenty of it and should be able to hit it out to all fields in the future. He does have good arm strength.
Weaknesses:Below-average speed and defensive ability. He's not a great pure hitter.
Summary:A big, slow power-only type of guy, Roling is the type of hitter who might be best suited for an American League team in the eventuality of having to DH. His plus, plus raw power will draw some interest and he might be a Matt LeCroy-type at best, a big guy who can swing the bat who might be able to get behind the plate once in a while.