Connor Powers: Not Just a One-Trick Pony
A player that may not be on your radar but should is Connor Powers. He’s a 24-year old corner infielder drafted by the Padres in the 21st round in 2010 out of Mississippi State.
In his first season at Eugene, Powers hit .191/.315/.287 (.602 OPS). The numbers don’t jump out at you, but give them a year. Here’s what he did in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League the following season: .338/.422/.538 (.961) OPS. He didn’t get the attention he rightly deserved thanks to playing alongside Rymer Liriano‘s strong season at Ft. Wayne. By comparison, Liriano hit .319/.383/.499. Obviously, Liriano is much younger, but Powers’ ability is not to be dismissed. He has some serious pop in his bat but also has a strong eye, especially for a big stick.
He’s got the frame (6’2″ 220lbs) and the tools to handle the position, especially at 1B. Over this past season, Powers only committed eight errors in 531 chances. Also, he’s a righty, which profiles well for Petco. His swing and frame remind me of Matt Holliday in some ways, especially with the high leg kick during his load.
Expect Powers to have a big season at Hi-A Lake Elsinore. If he takes off, I believe the organization should push him and have him see regular time in AA San Antonio. Granted, he’s got Yonder Alonso in front of him at the big league level, but there’s no reason Powers can’t work his way into a big league lineup (hopefully in San Diego) at some point in 2013 or 2014. It’ll simply be a matter of showing a consistenly strong stick. Easy, right?
Well, it couldn’t be any more difficult than this video he created. I’m not going to give it away, but this thing MUST go viral. The tricks are unbelievable, especially the finale. Enjoy!