Plus bat speed. Even stance; loads hands deep leading to somewhat stiff lead; leg kick, creates good lag with upper body; patient with hands; quick hands explode through the zone but sometimes moves hands back and up slightly after load; minor hitch; correctable. Line drive swing plane; will at times sell out, drop his back side and uppercut. Generally selective hitter but inconsistent approach; will work the count and look for pitches he can drive, goal at the plate is extra base hits. Will hit outside pitches the other way but mostly works to pull side. Will chase in hitter’s counts; doesn’t recognize spin well; vulnerable to soft and spin away when he becomes too pull oriented. Vulnerable to fastballs on his hands. Good amount of swing and miss in the zone because he takes big cuts; two strike approach lacking.
60 raw. Hit tool limits game power. Big home run power to pull side; drives gap straight away and oppo.
Above average foot speed; better underway; finishes swings with commitment and often slow out of the box. Smart baserunner; will take the extra base consistently. Will steal 15-20 bases.
Plus athlete. Slow first step; below average reactions; fringe average range. Footwork and actions below average; doesn’t move well to hole side. Average hands.
Average arm strength. Average accuracy. Quick release.
50; 2nd division Shortstop. Story fits the new mold of bat-first shortstops with fringy defense (ie. Jed Lowrie).