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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Draft Focus: Jordan Paroubeck

David Rawnsley        
Photo: Jordan Paroubeck
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Jordan Paroubeck Perfect Game profile

Position:  OF
Height:  6-2
Weight:  190
Bats/Throws:  B-R
Birthdate:  Nov. 2, 1994
High School:  Serra
City, State:  Redwood City, Calif.
Commitment: Fresno State
Projected Draft Round:  2

The average dedicated fan of high school prospects and the June Draft probably knows less about Serra High School outfielder Jordan Paroubeck than any other top prospect in the country. That does not imply that the 30 Major League teams haven’t scouted the Northern California outfielder very heavily this spring. The opposite is true, in fact. But the 6-foot-2, 190-pound switch-hitting outfielder does not play for a travel team and has never travelled outside of the state of California for a major event. The only national level event he’s ever been scouted at was the 2012 Area Code Games.

That also does it imply that Paroubeck hasn’t faced a high level of competition and doesn’t have a fairly polished game for an 18-year old. Serra High School is a member of the West Catholic League in the San Francisco Bay Area and has had 10 future big leaguers pass through their home dugout over the years. The batting cages were funded by and named after former Mets first-round pick, Serra alum Gregg Jefferies. You may have heard of a couple other Serra alums too, in Barry Bonds and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady was considered by many to be a better baseball player than football player, and one veteran scout has told me the story of sitting in Brady’s house when he was a senior and trying to convince him to pass on the Michigan football scholarship and sign a professional baseball contract instead.

Among the other schools in the WCL are St. Ignatius (2013 prospects include left handed pitcher Matt Krook, infielder Nico Girratano and outfielder and right handed pitcher Jack Klein), St. Francis (Kort Peterson and Hunter Simmons) and Bellermine. It is one of the most competitive and heavily scouted high school leagues in the country.

That Bonds is a Serra High School alum does have a role in Paroubeck’s development. Paroubeck’s father, Tom, was a baseball and basketball standout at Serra himself and one of his teammates and best friends was Bonds. The two have remained close ever since and Bonds has offered the younger Paroubeck advice on hitting numerous times over the past half dozen years according to published reports, with an emphasis on the mental aspect of hitting. The Paroubecks even spent time at Bonds’ Beverly Hills mansion while down in Long Beach for the Area Code Games.

On the field Paroubeck looks the part of the prospect as well as any player in the country. He has a broad shouldered build running down to a narrow waist with strong thighs and hips. It’s a quick-twitch athletic body that wouldn’t look out of place at a high level basketball or football workout.

The five-tool description is often overused with prospects, but Paroubeck also can wear that tag as well as any player in the country, as he doesn’t have a true weak tool. He has solid average running speed that plays up in the outfield and on the bases because he has, per one scout’s words, “an extra gear” that comes into play when he needs it. Paroubeck is also a high motor player who maxes out his speed during games. That will give Paroubeck a chance to stay in centerfield at the professional level, where his plus arm strength will be an added bonus. He could easily shift over to right field and be a standout defender at that position.

Paroubeck is a switch-hitter with very good bat speed from both sides of the plate and should be able to continue to switch-hit as his career progresses. His left-handed swing is looser with better extension and lift out front, whereas he cuts his swing off and keeps his hands tighter from the right side. Paroubeck faced left handed pitcher Matt Krook twice this spring in two of the most heavily scouted games of the year nationally and naturally had to bat from his relatively weaker right side, something Krook reportedly exploited in both outings.

Interestingly, Paroubeck bats in the leadoff spot in the Serra lineup, something many high school coaches around the country are perceptive enough to do to get their top hitters more at-bats and hopefully more strikes. He’s hitting .415-7-30 on the season with 26 walks, 22 strikeouts and 12 stolen bases. The swing-and-miss tendency is one area, in tandem with the right-handed swing mechanics, that has concerned some scouts, although those same scouts will usually project Paroubeck to hit with plus power unless contact becomes too serious an issue.

Paroubeck’s name is rarely bantered about in the first round, but he seems to be a very solid second round type of talent. He is signed with Fresno State.

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