Meet White Sox prospect Keon Barnum

Meet White Sox prospect Keon Barnum

February 28, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Name: Keon Barnum
Age: 20 | Pos: 1B
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 225
Drafted: 2012, first round (supplemental)
Projected arrival: mid-2016

Quick hits

Twitter or Facebook: Facebook
Last movie watched: 'End of Watch'
Favorite Cartoon: 'Rocket Power'
What he’s listening to: R & B
Random fact about me: “I’m quiet but once you get to know me I’m outgoing.”
Favorite athlete: LeBron James

Strengths

Great raw power helped him produce three home runs in first five professional games. Good fastball hitter. Has strength enough to get hits when jammed; has been compared to Ryan Howard and Fred McGriff. Solid arm strength.

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Weaknesses

Struggles at times to control his strike zone; has trouble with breaking pitches and has shown a tendency to chase bad pitches. Swing has shown to be long. Defense at 1B needs work.

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He said it

What he learned last season: “Keep a strong mentality, stay positive and keep going out and grinding every day. You can’t really think about that because you know have to do it so you just keep going out and playing and playing every day. It’s your job. And you have to love the game. I have a great passion and love for the game.”

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*Strengths and weaknesses are courtesy of the “Baseball America Prospect Handbook.*