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Jun 01, 2011 - Jun 03, 2011   
  

TBD - TBA, GA
Levi Michael
MIF 5-10 165   S/R

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SCOUTING PROFILE: In a draft deep in talent, but noticeably thin in premium college shortstops, Michael stands to become one of the first middle infielders selected. It’s unclear, though, whether Michael will be drafted as a second baseman or shortstop—though the team that ultimately drafts him will almost certainly believe he can play shortstop at the next level in order to get maximum value out of the pick. Michael has a live body and is the best athlete on the Tar Heels roster. He has played all over the infield in his three seasons at North Carolina—second base as a freshman, third baseman as a sophomore, shortstop as a junior. He has the soft, quick hands desired in a shortstop, and the quick feet to get to most balls. His arm strength also plays on the left side. Most scouts believe Michael will ultimately end up at second base because he just seems like a better fit there, though he did find a comfort level this spring at shortstop, committing just seven errors. He had 13 at third base in 2010, 15 at second base in 2009. Michael was hampered this spring by an ankle injury, but it seemed to impact his game more at the plate and on the bases, more than in the field. As a sophomore, he topped the Tar Heels in almost every offensive category—batting (.346), slugging (.575), on-base average (.480), runs (76), homers (9), stolen bases (20)—but was not as dominant a hitter this season, batting .313-5-48 overall with 15 stolen bases. A switch-hitter, Michael generates slightly better raw power from the right side, but is considered a more complete hitter lefthanded as he has a shorter swing with more bat speed from that side. Overall, he is a polished, patient hitter (46:37 walk-to-strikeout ratio this season) with the ability to drive balls to the gaps. With above-average speed and excellent base-running instincts, he has an ideal combination of skills for a top-of-the-order hitter. Though Michael does not have one exceptional tool, he has very polished skills and is solid in every area of his game. He generally gets the most out of his ability as he plays exceptionally hard and has an excellent approach to the game. Michael is one of the younger college players in this draft as he turned 20 in February. Like high-profile UCLA righthander Trevor Bauer, projected to be one of the top picks in the 2011 draft, Michael graduated a semester early from high school, and joined the North Carolina baseball program in the spring of what should have been his senior year at North Davidson High. At a then 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, Michael had surprisingly polished skills, but didn’t appear to be physically mature enough to compete at the NCAA Division I level. He shot down that concern quickly, hitting 13 home runs (his career high) with 57 RBIs, while batting .290. Now a junior with three college seasons under his belt, Michael has become the unquestioned team leader of a 45-14 Tar Heels squad and is projected to be picked late in the first round, approximately the same position that Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong should be drafted. Though Michael hasn’t played second base since his freshman year, he and Wong are similar players, with Wong having a bit more strength with the bat and Michael the better arm, with Michael having the obvious advantage of potentially being able to play shortstop at the big-league level. Projected Draft Position: Late first round / sandwich round.




Oct 23, 2008 - Oct 27, 2008   Dirtbags/Hooters Scout Team
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Levi Michael
MIF 5-10 165   S/R

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Jul 08, 2008 - Jul 14, 2008   Dirtbags
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Levi Michael
MIF 5-10 165   S/R

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Jun 13, 2008 - Jun 15, 2008   Navy
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Metrodome - Minneapolis, MN
Levi Michael
MIF 5-10 165   S/R

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Levi Michael is a 2009 MIF with a 5'10'', 165 lb. frame from Welcome, NC who attends North Davidson HS. Michael is a very athletic infielder who can flat out play. He has very good infield actions, his hands work very well, and he has a quick release with arm strength. He has very quick hands at the plate with a line drive swing and the ball jumps off his bat in a hurry. He switch hits and is good from both sides. He has easy gap power and has great hitting tools. He can also really run, 6.48 60, and is an outstanding baseball player, one of the best in the country. He is an outstanding student as well and has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.
PG Grade 10.0




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Oct 25, 2007 - Oct 29, 2007   Dirtbags
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Levi Michael
MIF 5-9 160   S/R

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Oct 05, 2007 - Oct 08, 2007   Dirtbags 17's
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
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Jul 17, 2007 - Jul 22, 2007   Dirtbags 09's
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
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MIF 5-9 160   S/R

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Jul 10, 2007 - Jul 16, 2007   Dirtbags
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
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