Wednesday, June 6, 2012

26-789: SS C.J. Hinojosa

With the 1st pick of the 26th Round (789th overall), the Astros select 5'11" 185lb 17-year old SS C.J. Hinojosa, out of Klein Collins HS.
Hinojosa was initially supposed to head to the University of Texas in January. When that didn't pan out, he went back to high school, but dislocated his shoulder, putting a bit of a cloud over his Draft status. Hinojosa's injury, as well as his continued plan to attend Texas, makes figuring out his Draft stock more difficult than usual.

Here's some background on Hinojosa's Texas/Not-Texas back-and-forth. His father asked him what it would take to get him out of his commitment to Texas, and he said:
“I asked him, ‘So what are you feeling?’ and his response to me was, ‘If I don’t get [2011 No. 8 overall pick] Francisco Lindor money [$2.9 million], then there’s no question I’m going to Texas,”

Perfect Game wrote:
Outstanding all around player. Good bat with power.

Hinojosa is currently recovering from shoulder surgery in April and may go without being picked in this draft. Regardless, he’s a legitimate middle of the diamond player with offensive potential and enough feel for the game to allow him to stick at shortstop long term.

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