Mychal Givens was the Orioles’ 2009 2nd round draft pick out of Plant HS, Florida. He’s been playing strictly shortstop since he was drafted after also spending time on the mound in high school. His development has been stalled due to a thumb injury that cost him most of the 2010 season.
Givens’ best tool is his plus-plus arm strength, which is easily the best in the system. He’s been playing second base for the Shorebirds this season, but when he’s played shortstop he can truly make all the throws. His range and lack of instincts make second base the best position for him going forward.
A fairly selective hitter, Givens has a sharp eye and a knack for waiting for his pitch. Experience is going to be key for Givens going forward as he’s fairly old for a 2009 high school draft pick, and as I mentioned before, lost almost all of his first pro season.
Givens is having a fit with Sally league pitching thus far in 2011, posting 12 strikeouts with no walks and has a batting average of .104. Although 2011 is just his second full pro-season, it’s going to be a pivotal developmental season for the 20 year old Givens.