Two-way threat Mychal Givens entered the summer of 2008 with more favoring his bat and his glove as a potential five-tool shortstop than those wowed by his natural and easy arm strength. I think the numbers shifted in favor of his promise on the mound after he consistently showed off the strongest, most electric arm at the biggest showcase and tournament events while playing with and against the best players in the nation. He needed only two pitches to record a pair of outs at the Aflac All-American Classic, the first of which clocked at 96 mph. He has a very quick, whip-like arm, and he shows very good composure on the mound. There is some deception to his delivery, and his fastball, which can approach triple digits, exhibits some late, sinking life. As hard as it is to hit his fastball, he also can unleash a wicked slider that drops down and away from right-handed batters. As a defender he has fast-twitch actions, very good range at the shortstop position and a strong arm. At the plate he has good bat speed and overall power potential, although I noticed he does have the tendency to swing down on balls. On the bases he has enough speed to be considered a consistent base-stealing threat. Overall I'm a little concerned about his ability to hit for average at the next level, which only augments his value as a pitcher. While he does have two knockout pitches, I am a little concerned that his delivery and stuff may be best suited in a short relief role down the road. Of course such decisions don't have to be made anytime soon, as it would be hard to nitpick while passing up on such an impressive athletic talent.
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