strong wrists, produces above-average bat speed to offset some length into the zone; long levers, extends well, hard line-drive contact to all fields, adept at shooting oppo gap on balls away; struggles to pull the hands in, can elevate and work him in, consistently struggles to handle velo to both locations when behind in the count; works deep counts, advanced pitch recognition, will strike out; fringe-average hit tool projection will play up with solid-average on-base skills
Plus present raw, projection for another half grade; loud contact, hit balls carry to pull side in BP; game swing has flatter plane, mild loft, hard line-drive contact, has started turning on balls in when ahead, power plays to all fields; works himself into good hitting situations, should be able to get to bulk of power in games, 20-plus homer bat
Home-to-first times push plus right now (4.24 average on four clocks), 55 present tool, projects to lose a half-grade at maturity; surprisingly quick start-up given size; long crossover, slower getting moving on steal attempts and releases from first; over-aggressive at present
Solid reads and breaks in center, reacts well to contact, route-running is raw but passable at present, good concentration closing out plays; solid second gear closing into the gaps, still learning how to decelerate, field-and-throw on the move; speed and instincts for fringe-average utility in center, glove profiles to average in right
Plus raw arm strength, long arm action, takes a beat to get behind his throws; raw footwork circling on tag plays, solid accuracy on the move, balls have plus velo, lower trajectories with average carry; projects to 55 utility at present, room for a half grade bump if he finds a shorter arm action/quicker delivery system
2014 fourth-rounder boasts impressive physicality, with strong command of a large, long frame. There is length in the swing that produces holes likely to pose long-term challenges to the hit tool. His contact is loud, however, and he shows an advanced ability to work himself into favorable hitting counts and offset batting average concerns with on-base skills. He should get to most of his plus or better raw power in games, and the bat accordingly profiles in right field, where arm strength pushing plus will play with an average glove.