Kevin Ahrens was selected 16th overall in 2007 as an 18 year old. Your Toronto Blue Jays made 5 picks in the first round of that draft and Kevin was taken the highest. He was drafted out of Memorial high school in Texas as a switch hitting shortstop and received a $1,440,000.00 signing bonus.
Here is a quick look at his stats:
|2010||21||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-A||TOR||37||155||145||14||25||8||1||1||11||2||2||7||35||.172||.214||.262|
|A (2 seasons)||135||570||515||56||128||28||5||5||47||6||3||46||153||.249||.314||.351|
|A+ (2 seasons)||129||522||467||47||97||22||3||5||42||2||1||43||93||.208||.273||.300|
|Rk (1 season)||48||192||165||19||38||6||0||3||21||3||0||25||47||.230||.339||.321|
Considering he was selected higher than both Brett Cecil who has made it to the Majors Leagues and J.P. Arencibia who is beating down the door in AAA, I think it is fair to say the organization expected more. Still just 21 years old, he has been sent back to Lansing, told to drop the left handed side of the switch hit and focus on his natural right hand swing. After taking a look at his minor league splits, I think I see why. In 865 at bats against RHP he is hitting .216 and slugging .303 with 9 home runs and 227 strike outs.
Our boy Jesse caught up with Kevin this week and talked to him about his move to third base as well as his transformation as a hitter. A very insightful interview. Check it: