Swing: Straight-on base w/ crouch; medium handset w/ high back elbow; loose hands pre-pitch w/ slight bat-wag; minimal movement in load; long out-and-around hand-path w/ inside arm-bar; lengthy swing w/ fringy bat-speed; level swing-plane.
April 7-April 10, 2016
Bowie Baysox (AA, Orioles)
Defensive focus seemed to wane as weekend series progressed.
Limited hitting tools w/ longer swing and fringy bat-speed; hasn't experienced offensive success against more advanced mid-minors pitching; difficulty covering both halves of the plate: long to inside pitches and over-extended on outer-half.
Minimal power; lacks physicality and bat-speed/swing-plane for HR loft; best contact plays to pullside gap.
Body type allows quick acceleration; 6.5-6.6 straight-away runner as amateur; double-digit SB totals as professional. Won't get on base enough to put legs to full use.
Average actions at SS w/ fair first-step quickness. 45/50 present defender who occasionally gets hard-handed on routine balls.
Arm is short for ML-regular SS defensive profile. Fringy carry and arm-str from the deep hole. Better suited for 2B at highest level.
ORG ceiling; capable of moving around the middle-infield at numerous low-mid minors affiliates; lacks bat or true plus glove/arm for ML role; not enough arm for true ML shortstop but can handle it at Double-A level as ORG filler.