BORN: September 9, 1988
FROM: Texarkana, TX
DRAFTED: 5th Round, 2007
SCHOOL: Liberty-Eylau HS (TX)
Excellent "2-way" 5-tool prospect out of Texas drafted by the Red Sox in the 5th Round of the 2007 Draft. He was scouted as both an infielder and a pitching prospects by teams. Played at both SS and 3B in the field. Although he has tremendous potential as a pitcher, with a low 90's fastball, power curve and a changeup that registers in the mid 70's, it is expected that Boston has drafted him as a third baseman. Mainly because of the fact the Middlebrooks' potential with the bat is a far greater resource for this organization. Boston's organizational depth at 3B is shallow, and if/when Middlebrooks signs with the Red Sox, he will give them a big boost in that area. He was projected as a high-round draft pick, but dropped due to signability issues and a commitment to play for Texas A&M.
As a third base prospect, Middlebrooks is an overall great athelete. He was a football star in Texas, playing QB, K, and P, and winning awards in 2005 such as THSF 3A Region II 1st Team Punter, THSF 3A Region II 1st Team Kicker, All-State Punter, All-District Punter and Quarterback, and in 2007 was 1st Team Shortstop Class 3A, an All-State selection at both SS and P, and was named the Class 3A Player of the Year by the Texas Sports Writers Association, all while sporting a 4.0 GPA and being a member of the National Honor Society. As a hitter, Middlebrooks has great power potential, and consistently makes good contact with the ball. As a fielder, he has good hands and above average arm strength and accuracy, but slightly below average range.
Will Middlebrooks' Sox Prospect Page
As a pitcher for Liberty-Eylau in 2007:
13 wins, 0 losses, 81.0 IP, 0.86 ERA, 7 CGs, 2 Shutouts, 147 Ks, and 12.25 K/BB.
As a hitter for Liberty-Eylau in 2007:
.555 AVG, .664 OBP, .927 SLG, 1.592 OPS, 5 HR, 22 2B, 48 RBIS, 22 SBs.
Minor League Baseball's Draft Report
Sox Prospects Scouting Report
Middlebrooks is a legitimate two-way threat. Aside from running speed, he possesses the tools scouts like to see at the plate (and on the mound).
Excellent athlete both with the bat and as a pitcher. Probably the best talent selected by the Red Sox in the 2007 draft.
Baseball America had Middlebrooks ranked at #27 on June 5th, 2007, based on talent alone, and was ranked #36 out of the top 100 prospects going into the draft.
From MLB.com Draft Tracker.
...has drawn comparisons to Scott Rolen for his size and strength that profile well at third base.
At the plate, he's got some serious power potential with the kind of frame teams like to see from a future run producer at the hot corner.
Middlebrooks pre-draft video, courtesy of MLB.com.
Scroll down to pick #174. 400k on the far right.