Royals 10th round pick Tim Ferguson UTIL Ole Miss
written by Matt B:
In the 10th round, the Royals drafted Timothy Ferguson, a junior outfielder from Ole Miss. He played shortstop as a freshman and second base as a sophomore, before finding his best position as a center fielder during his junior year. He is not a big tools guy, with speed probably being his best tool. While he hit 9 homeruns as a junior, he does not project to hit for much power as a professional. He has great baserunning and defensive instincts, as evidenced by a career stolen base success rate over 90% and only 2 errors in the field in 2010. Because of his speed and defensive ability, his ceiling is probably as a 4th outfielder who can play all outfield positions or as a super utility guy who can play multiple infield positions. His arm is average enough to not make it a liability at any outfield spot.
The Ole Miss season is over and Ferguson does not figure to be a tough sign. According to David Brandt, Ole Miss beat writer, Ferguson has indicated he would like to get his pro career underway. Hopefully, he is one of the 18 players that the Royals mentioned they hope to sign this week in order to get them to a training camp. I like this pick because of the speed tool, defensive talent, and the chance that if the bat develops slightly more than expected, then the Royals might have an MLB regular on their hands.
AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2010 0.294 63-63 262 61 77 13 0 9 36 117 0.447 29 6 53 1 0.368 7 3 24-28 176 1 2 0.989
2009 0.358 52-33 123 28 44 6 4 2 21 64 0.520 7 1 21 1 0.397 0 6 18-19 53 84 7 0.951
2008 0.289 51-34 149 30 43 9 2 3 23 65 0.436 8 1 30 2 0.327 1 1 6-6 41 86 14 0.901
sorry if the stats came in weird…I am sure when Bob sees this he can fix it (he has an awesome set of tools) I saw Ferguson play twice this year and while he was not as guy that I thought he would be a first day pick he certainly was someone I remember…I like the Merrifield and Ferguson picks because I like guys with upside from solid programs in stellar conferences. He is a very good defensive player and his best trait is his ability to play almost anywhere on the diamond. He did play for the Brewster White Caps in the Cape last summer (JJ Picollo spent quite a bit of time watching players) and hit .238 with 20 K and 4 bb with 1 HR and 11 RBI in 80 AB. He stole 6 bases
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