Friday, May 30, 2008 | By Alex Eisenberg
Continuing our 2008 baseball draft preview, I took the liberty to scouting Tim Beckham for Baseball Digest Daily, the high school shortstop from Georgia who is projected to be a top-3 pick in the upcoming June draft.
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"Let's take a look at what Upton's swing looked like in high school:
Now let's turn to Beckham. Here is a full clip of his swing:
A couple things to point out:
1. Upton had the better swing out of high school because he used his lower body much more efficiently than Beckham.
2. Beckham's problem is a little different than Upton's; while Upton cut off a key segment in his swing, he still allowed his hips and hands to turn together. Beckham, on the other hand, seems to be looking to achieve "extension" meaning he is throwing his hands out at the ball and letting his hands get out in front to meet the ball. Hitting for power is very difficult when one tries to achieve extension with their swing...
...Upton clearly made the adjustments needed from his first professional baseball season in 2006 to 2007. Here is a clip from last year's Future's Game, which came on a 93 mph fastball down and in"
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