Thursday, December 4, 2008

38. Paul Gran

38. Paul Gran - Third Base - 5'11 - 182lbs - Throws: Right - Bats: Left
(last year: NR)

In the seventh round of the 2008 draft, the Marlins selected third baseman Paul Gran. The senior out of Washington State was signed to a $40,000 bonus. In his final year at Wazzou, he hit .313 and was named Pac-10 defensive player of the year.

Gran’s best tool at this point is his defense at third base. He has excellent range and an above average arm for the position. His left handed bat along with his above average speed (rated 55 on the 20-80 scale) projects him to be a future all around utility guy although some believe he could be a starting caliber player at second base. He’s a smart hitter and has surprising pull power for a smaller player.

Gran impressed in his debut after being signed. He hit .322/.387/.460 with 23 extra base hits, and 23 walks. He struck out 56 times in 276 at bats. He’ll be 23 when he goes to Greensboro in 2009, but he could spend half the year in Jupiter if he hits well enough.

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