Small frame, stocky and athletic, minimal projection left
40; Below-Average Player
Good balance, moderate barrel control, minimal bat wrap, mild leg kick, quick to the ball; sometimes gets too much loft in his swing
Average bat speed, minimal load, mild leverage
Average speed, average instincts on the base paths, more of a hard runner, fringe-average utility
Moderate range, above-average mobility, has good hands, quality reads and first step
Solid arm strength, below-average accuracy
Hairston is a gritty player, the kind who gets mad when he doesn’t throw a runner out after tracking down a ball he had no right getting to. Despite his small stature, Hairston brings a big presence to the field. He swings hard and plays harder, sometimes to his detriment.
His swing can get too much loft in it, resulting in fly balls rather than base hits. Hairston can be a streaky hitter, launching line drives into left field with repetition before going on a run of fly balls that are caught for outs. If Hairston can hone his approach at the next level and stick at shortstop ,there’s a chance he could be a solid regular who plays above his tools.