Average build w/ medium physical features. Chiseled, muscular forearms. Doesn't stand out physically on ML field; tools play above size.
STANCE: Relaxed, simple overall swing w/ confident, calm demeanor in box. Slight knee-bend in a medium-width, straight-on hitting base. Modest leg-lift trigger gets him to fairly wide launch position. Limited hand/head movement before the pitch; overall quiet load into swing.
April 11-13, 2016
Salem Red Sox (High A, Red Sox)
Tremendous instincts allow him to get the most out of bevy of average-to-solid tools. Excels at 'the little things' and does something subtly heady nearly every game.
Impressive shortness to swing and ability to alter approach based on count and situation; took outside pitches the other way; also able to turn on hittable pitches to pullside and clear hips for pull power. Quick bat; inside-out path to ball; mostly level swing-plane. Overall very advanced hit-tool w/ look of .270+ avgs.
At-least average raw power, if not a bit more to pullside; likely plays a hair under raw power grade as level swing-plane and modest physicality play game power more regularly to the gaps. Above-avg producer of doubles and triples.
More a solid-avg runner than burner; plus BR instincts and ability to read pitchers/game situations still allow ceiling of double-digit SBs; showed consistent good reads off the bat on balls to OF; went first-to-third efficiently.
Direct routes to the ball w/ good reads allow him to get the most out of solid-avg speed in the field; longer strides w/ gliding range tracking fly balls; average-to-solid defense in CF w/ instincts to handle either corner spot.
Limited looks at throwing arm, though had more of an average look to carry. Physical sizse, offensive profile, and arm-strength profile best in LF if he does move from CF.
Impressive position prospect; rare blend of a high ceiling paired w/ high-floor of everyday contributor. Best case is a quality regular in CF w/ plus hitting ability and a bevy of average-to-solid other tools, plus excellent instincts.Advanced toolset; highly-skilled player; could be a quick mover to big league level. High interest.