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Colt Keith
Popularity: ↑ 9%
3B | B/T: L/R | 6' 2" 220LBS | Age: 19

Draft: 2020 | Rd: 5, #132, Detroit Tigers | Biloxi HS
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Gatorade's Mississippi high school player of the year as a junior last spring after moving from Arizona, Keith is one of the top two-way talents in the 2020 Draft. Scouts are divided as to whether he's a better prospect as a pitcher or an infielder, though they believe he prefers to play every day. A sore arm prevented him from pitching in midsummer showcase events but he did return to the mound and impressed in the fall.

Keith makes consistent hard contact from the left side of the plate and is beginning to tap into his solid raw power, the product of bat speed and leverage. Projected strength gains should add more pop but also may slow him down enough to necessitate a move from shortstop in high school to third base in pro ball. The Arizona State recruit is an average runner whose plus arm will play on the left side of the infield.

As a right-handed pitcher, Keith operates with an 89-93 mph fastball and uses his size and high three-quarters delivery to create downhill plane. His upper-70s curveball features good depth, while his changeup is more of a work in progress. His arm works well and there's plenty of projection remaining in his athletic 6-foot-3 frame.


2020

Gatorade's 2019 Mississippi high school player of the year after moving from Arizona, Keith was one of the better two-way talents in the 2020 Draft. Scouts were divided as to whether he's a better prospect as an infielder or a pitcher, though the belief is that he prefers to play every day. The Tigers announced him as a third baseman when they drafted him in the fifth round and signed him for $500,000. 

Keith has the potential to hit for average and power. His left-handed swing is geared more for line drives at this point and enables him to make consistent contact to all speeds. With his bat speed and the leverage in his 6-foot-2 frame, he could develop 20-homer pop as he gets stronger and launches more balls. 

Though Keith is athletic, his average speed dictated a move from shortstop in high school to the hot corner in pro ball. His plus arm is an asset anywhere in the infield and generated 89-93 mph fastballs and upper-70s curveballs with promising depth when he took the mound. Of the 20 teams who talked with him before the Draft, he said 15 explored the idea of developing him as a two-way player. 


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/17/2020 3B Colt Keith assigned to GCL Tigers East.
06/17/2020 Detroit Tigers signed 3B Colt Keith.