Kolby Copeland to Miami Marlins: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterJune 5, 2012

Courtesy of PerfectGame.org
Courtesy of PerfectGame.org

Position: OF

Height/Weight: 6’2”/195 lbs

Bats/Throws: L/R

DOB: 2/5/1994

High School: Parkway (La.)

College Commitment: Baton Rouge CC


Relative to all the other players who have received first-round consideration, Copeland is considered a sleeper prospect. He’s an excellent athlete who also served as the quarterback for his high school football team.

His tools aren't flashy, as he’s only an average runner with fitting range but possesses a strong arm from the outfield with excellent carry. As he focuses strictly on baseball, Copeland should improve his defensive actions and develop into a player who’s a natural fit for right field.

His bat, more so his bat speed, is what has him pegged as a can’t-miss power prospect.

A left-handed hitter, Copeland takes healthy cuts and isn’t afraid to turn on the baseball. He employs an unusual loading mechanism that caters to his power, but could limit his ability to hit for average. Still, his bat speed is blinding and he keeps his hands inside the baseball, which many believe will allow him to use the whole field once his approach is modified.

Although he’s still raw, Copeland's raw athleticism and power make him both an intriguing and projectable outfield prospect who could really come into his own at the next level. Like most of the other prep outfielders, Copeland will need considerable seasoning in the minor leagues with the potential to make a 2016 big-league debut.