Athletic and projectable body; sturdy shoulders; has the makings of a power bottom.
4/9/15 - 4/12/15
Greensboro Grasshoppers (Low A, Marlins)
Handled the entire series like a pro; same demeanor after making an error.
40; Below-Average Starter/Bench Bat
Above-average bat speed; displays a hitch; hands can become noisy; mild barrel control; bottom half can become off-balanced; pivots his back foot; swing is quirky and he gets away with the excess movement for now; struggled some against high-end velo; mild ability to recognize spin; struggled against the hard biting secondary offerings.
Above-average raw power; leverage in swing and above-average bat speed make swing conducive for power; uses hips and has enough extension to drive ball; lessening the noise in his swing mechanics will make his potential more feasible; currently not making enough hard contact.
4.47 - 4.50 home to first; lacks a first gear but is more athletic off the bases.
Moves well laterally; range is fringe; footwork is inconsistent; sometimes choppy; average hands; does not always look comfortable; defense will work at third but could envision the profile also working at second base.
Plus arm strength; arm has carry; throws were on a line all series; able to still get oomph on the ball when his feet are not completely set.
Schales was selected in the 4th round of the 2014 draft, which was a reasonable spot for him to be selected. While the only standout tool is the arm, Schales provides enough ability to work as a second division or bench option with power. The risk is high due to the level and the amount of development left, mainly with the bat.