2011 Draft: Carl Thomore

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The draft is just five days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some players individually rather than lump a few together in one post.

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Carl Thomore | OF

Mike Trout has ensured that New Jersey will no longer go under-scouted. Thomore, who attends East Brunswick High School, has already dealt with far more adversity off the field than baseball could ever match. His mother passed away due to breast cancer when he was in the sixth grade, and a brutal ankle injury nearly ended his baseball career before it started. You can read all about the gruesome injury here. Thomore is committed to Rutgers Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Florida.

Scouting Report
Thomore’s best tool is something that is in short supply these days: power. He keeps the weight on his 6-foot-1, 195 lb. frame back and generates big time bat speed from the right side, hitting the ball to all fields but doing the most damage when he pulls it to left.  An advanced approach helps his cause. Thomore is a good athlete with a strong arm, though he’s not good enough for center and profiles best in right. His bat projects to be plenty good for the position though.

If it wasn’t for the thwo guys at UConn (Matt Barnes and George Springer), you could make a case that Thomore is the best draft prospect from the Tri-State Area. He’s one of the better power prospects in the entire draft class, especially from the right side, and he’ll also provide value in the field. Keith Law and Baseball America have some differing opinions on Thomore; the former ranked him the 68th best draft prospect while the latter had him 112th. That’s quite a spread. Either way, he’s a second or third round guy and a personal fave.

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  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

    Sounds like a great kid, real resilient personality, which seems to be something the Yanks have targeted in recent drafts. Love the power potential too.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    I want the Orioles to draft him.

    “Carl Thomore from Baltimore”.

  • jay h

    i wouldn’t be surprised if the yankees drafted him. I know for a fact that they have visited him

  • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

    aside from jesus, what other power prospects do we have? also a tri-stater.

    get this kid

    ps: what other NJ draft prospects are ranked highly?

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    I really want to be excited for this draft, but I can’t. Wish the Yankees had a first rounder…

    • pat

      Fret not, we do most of our damage in later rounds.

  • Phil

    I’m on record as wanting pitching, pitching, and more pitching in this draft, (that’s how I feel about all drafts by the way) but of course, I want my cake too, so if it comes to one hitter I’d be willing to draft w/#51 should he be available, it’s not the kid from Grand Street High School in Brooklyn though he’s a real toolsy choice w/a big upside, & it’s not any of the other usual names being thrown around as top ten picks. Nope, the kid the Yankees have to take if he’s still on the board is the kid from Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon Pennsylvania. This Derek Fisher kid can flat out mash! He’s a baseball player who just knows how to hit, & I mean he really knows how to hit — plus, he knows how to play this game too. Regardless of who might drop down to us at #51, if this kid is still available, we HAVE to take him. Should we get the chance & pass on him, guaranteed he’ll be gone by the time we select again, & should that happen, we’ll be kicking ourselves for the next 15-20 years. This kid can hit, he’ll move quickly through the minor leagues, and he’ll be a foundation player for any lineup he graces for a real long time. I implore Mr. Oppenheimer, please, DRAFT THIS KID!!!

    • Matt Montero

      Carl Thomore and Blake Swihart sound better to me.From what I’ve hear, Fisher has a higher ceiling with five-tool potential, but nothing too studly or can’t miis.

    • Matt Montero

      Carl Thomore and Blake Swihart sound better to me.From what I’ve hear, Fisher has a higher ceiling with five-tool potential, but nothing too studly or can’t miss.

    • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

      careful, careful, i know you know this kid, but lots of guys look like studs in HS and don’t amount to anything in college, let alone in the pros.

  • Phil

    Honest, never met the kid. If he’s gone at #51, I go for San Marcus (California) High School catcher Riley Moore. He’s a BIG switch hitting catcher w/enormous power from the left-side and an arm that can throw a ball through a wall. You can’t teach someone what this kid already has. Oh, yeah, did I mention that this kid is really strong? He’s a BIG guy so some will object to him being a catcher, but as far as I’m concerned, this whole small frame catcher stuff is bull. IMO, you can’t go wrong w/either of these guys at this spot in the draft.

  • Andre

    I played on carl’s team the year his mother passed. Him and i were good friends when it happened, and he would spend countless afternoons playing ball in my backyard after our all star games. baseball is in the past for me, but its absolutely amazing to see articles like this. about someone i knew. Hes an amazing kid, i hope only the best for him. God bless you carl.

  • Awab Habib

    I played ball with Carl for 4 years. Kids one of my best friends. He has all the potential to be the best out there. I only wish the best for him. One of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. He’s a great kid and has a bright future for him. Godluck man.