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Rich Poythress (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Rich Poythress
Position:First base
School:University of Georgia
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:8/11/88
Height:6'4"
Weight:245 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):4/3-4/5/09
Game(s):LSU


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting ability: Poythress has average bat speed with more of a strength-generated swing.
Power: His standout tool -- he's got tremendous raw power and can hit it out to any part of the park.
Running speed:Has below-average speed.
Base running:It's not a part of his game.
Arm strength:He has a fringy-average arm.
Fielding:He's adequate, at best, at first.
Range:Has one-step range and will be limited to first base only.
Physical Description:Poythress is a big-bodied guy, like a Ryan Shealy or a Matt LeCroy.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Big-time power.
Weaknesses:Power is his only tool. He's a limited-range first baseman who doesn't have great bat speed.
Summary: There's no question some teams will be intrigued by the monster numbers Poythress is putting up in the competitive SEC. Power is his calling card, but with a lack of great bat speed, there is some question how well it will play at the next level. There's no other part of his game that stands out, so someone will have to believe in his power to take him.