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2016 Mets draft profile: SS Colby Woodmansee

With their sixth selection in the 2016 draft (Round 5, Pick 160), the Mets selected Colby Woodmansee, a shortstop from Arizona.

Name: Colby Woodmansee
Born: Phoenix, Arizona
Age: 21 (8/27/94)
Height/Weight: 6'3"/180 lbs
Position: SS
Bats/Throws: R/R
School: Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona)

The captain of his team, Colby Woodmansee graduated from Desert Vista High School with four varsity letters and numerous awards for achievement on the field in Arizona. He attended Arizona State University, and after an uninspiring freshman year, broke out as a sophomore and junior, emerging as one of the better hitters on the Sun Devils roster.

Woodmansee possesses good bat speed and his bat path generally allows him to square up well on pitches, allowing him to make hard contact with regularity. Thanks to his bat speed and size, he has a little more pop than you would expect from a shortstop. He hits balls into the gaps with some consistency and has solid home run power to his pull side. Woodmansee does not use his legs and lower half much in his swing, utilizing a toe tap and not taking much of a stride, and as such, he may not be able to drive the ball against more advanced pitching.

At the plate, he is a disciplined hitter. Since coming into his own as a sophomore in 2015, Woodmansee has not struck out much, and has drawn almost as many walks as he has struck out. His quick bat allows him to wait until the last moment before committing to a pitch, fouling balls off if he is late.

Woodmansee has been ASU's full-time shortstop since 2015, but his future most likely does not lie at the position. The right-hander is slow, well below average—and that may be a generous evaluation. As a result, his range is below average. When he is able to get to balls hit at him, there is generally no doubt that he will be able to make the plays, as he has a borderline plus glove and an arm that is generally graded as average or slightly above average. Those aspects of his defense have allowed him to mitigate his poor range somewhat, but if his 6'3", 180 pound frame fills in further, or he looses some strength on his throws, he may be forced off of the position for good.