Large, athletic frame, high waist, lacks remaining physical projection
Clearwater Threshers (High A, Phillies)
Tall, even stance, leg kick for timing; hands get bunched up inside, back side prone to collapse; average bat speed, mild uphill plane, length into the zone; better approach this year than in the past, looks to attack early but isn't afraid to work counts and lay off, some command of the zone; vulnerable to changeups, struggles with inner-third coverage
Above-average raw, extension and strength; some loft, hard contact; plays down due to hit tool, can play to fringe-average at higher levels
Average runner, 4.21 home-to-first, lacks base-stealing utility
Fringe-average glove at present, struggles with reads, inconsistent execution, will make a great play then bobble a room service hop; physical tools to get to average utility
Plus arm; throws have good line and some mustard
An over-slot sign fifth-rounder in 2011, Walding hadn't progressed as hoped, as he struggled at every level prior to this season. The over-the-fence power is playing much more than in the past, and the hit tool has improved. There is some hope for a potential platoon player down the road, but more than likely this is an organizational player.