Fairly safe bet to reach above-average hit tool; fluid, balanced stroke even on power swings; stays short to the ball for long-armed hitter; consistently showed ability/willingness to go with outside pitches and use the opposite field. Loose, effortless, quick bat-speed with level path; barrel in the hitting zone a long time. Encouraged by ability to make quick in-game adjustments. Showed consistent issue ID'ing changes fading away; occasional trouble with velocity on hands—both can be corrected with repetition.
60-grade raw power that might finish a half-grade higher as he continues to fill out frame. Launched a towering pull-side drive to foul territory that cleared the whole stadium. Game power likely plays below raw power due to all-fields, line-drive approach—though will allow higher batting averages and more doubles. Still learning to open up on pitches and generate HR power in games. Power coming on late; will continue to develop; 15-20 HR in the tank with chance for more in later stages of career.
above-average runner who gets the most out of his speed defensively and on the bases. Though a 55-grade straight-away runner, speed and stolen base ability play a half-grade up because of excellent base running instincts. Reads pitchers well and has posted 30+ SB seasons as professional. Likely double-digit stolen base totals at the major-league level.
Unusually tall for center but can stay at position and play it well. Took quality routes in this series and covered plenty of ground with long, graceful defensive running stride underway.
Limited looks at arm on challenge plays in this series. One throw he did make showed plus velocity and carry; straight-line bullet into the IF on a turn after he robbed a well-hit ball to RCF.
Ceiling of multiple-time all-star; championship-caliber regular in center; 20/20 upside, quality defender at premium center-diamond position. Well-balanced toolset that can impact the game in a lot of ways; still growing into some power. Close to major-league ready; can see him up late 2016.