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Next on our list of players for the Columbia Fireflies is a college shortstop with a pretty rough debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Honestly, I have no idea what to make of the guy in general, Following a trend after P.J. Conlon. Causing curiosity yet?
R/R, 6’3″, 195, Bonus 335K, 8/27/1994 (22)
Drafted out of Arizona State in the 5th Round, 160th overall, Woodmansee was the starting shortstop at Arizona State. A shortstop by trade, he looks as though he plays the part somewhat. Woodmansee was an okay hitter at Arizona State, batting .274/.339/.426 in 145 games, while hitting 37 doubles and 15 homers.
He didn’t show up too well in Brooklyn however, hitting .257/.305/.325 in 64 games, striking out 27.1% of the time with a 19/75 BB/K Ratio. Even worse, Woodmansee had a .348 BABIP, which means he was getting lucky on the hits he was getting. As a shortstop, he was looking pretty decent and made some pretty solid defensive plays.
Woodmansee’s a bit tall for a shortstop at 6’3″, but lanky and moves okay. He gets very good reads and is able to track the ball okay. However, he’s a below-average 40-45 runner but a plus arm, which is great for short. If he has to move, he could play third fine or second base if his bat doesn’t develop much power. I doubt he could he converted to the outfield, and as some colleagues suggested, Center, considering his fringe-average foot speed. However, none of that seems necessary, because the Mets currently look adamant to trot him down the line of Mets Shortstop.
As a hitter, scouts are split. There are many believers of the scouting community, but others, like as Eric Longenhagen, who call his swing “Grooved” (as in a lot of swing and miss, which he called before Woodmansee’s time in Brooklyn. Woodmansee showed a good eye at the plate, but there wasn’t too much bat control for his swing, and his bat speed really isn’t very great in general. However, there is some intriguing raw power there, as what he does connect to, he seems to sting and if he can tap into and learn how to make a little more contact, he could be a starter somewhere with a combination of solid OBP and around 50 power (17-23HR). He should start the year in Columbia. Let’s see if he bounces back…
St. Lucie up next in the rotation.