Meet White Sox prospect Marcus Semien

Meet White Sox prospect Marcus Semien
March 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Name: Marcus Semien
Age: 22  |  Pos: SS/2B
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 190
Drafted: 2011, sixth round
Projected arrival: 2015?

Quick hits
 
Favorite movies: ‘Friday,’ ‘Happy Gilmore,’ ‘Remember The Titans’

Funniest person in the world: Kevin Hart

If I could live anywhere: San Francisco

I’m listening to: Lil’ Wayne

Inspirational quote: My dad always says “Go hard or go home.”

At a restaurant I would never: “Get on a table to dance.”

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Strengths
 
An adjustment in his stance allowed him to barrel more pitches, which helped the three-sport prep star hit 14 homers in his first full season. He has solid arm strength and reliable hands.
 
Weaknesses
 
Scouts question his strength and whether or not he’ll get on base enough. Has average speed but not enough to be a base stealing threat. Range is average which could lead to him moving from short to second.
 
He said it
 
On team’s perceived lack on minor-league talent: “If you look at all the guys we’ve got in camp, the nonroster guys, everybody has stepped up and blended in well with this group and when we get in the games we’re all producing and we’re treating it just like we’re in a High-A game or something like that.”
 
*Strengths and weaknesses are courtesy of the “Baseball America Prospect Handbook.”