LHH (hands start above head, little hitch, balanced, some noise, plus bat speed)
RHH (above-average bat speed, should grow to plus, not as crisp as LH stroke, got eaten up on a few inside pitches)
Natural feel for barrel, smooth swing, plus all field ability, can get long to ball, but has talent to improve with experience, natural swinger, plus bat-to-ball potential, takes too many chances, flashes ability to turn on pitches, more comfortable using the middle of the field, controls barrel well through zone, chased questionable pitches, flashed patience; has a long way to go, but projects to plus utility at maturity.
Above-average raw, strength projection should grow to plus at maturity, strong enough to drive, shows flashes of power stroke, flashes moderate leverage for home run launch angle, plays more to gaps currently, expected body development will play for more power in the coming years, swing path plays better as premium doubles hitter; projects to average game utility.
Timed 4.09, could lose some speed as he grows into body, athletic enough to steal bases, glides from station-to-station.
Plus range in CF, burst to ball in gap, under control, runs down balls in gaps, flashes flash play type glove skills.
Above-average arm strength at present, potential plus, clean arm action, fluid motion.
Taveras is as toolsy as they come, showing the potential to positively affect the game in all five areas at just 18 years old. The center fielder shows an advanced ability to make contact and adjust the barrel in the zone to use the whole field. His swing obviously needs some tightening in order for his plus natural tools to play, but with so much time and his advanced approach to hitting, there’s not much doubt Taveras can reach his plus hit tool ceiling. He’ll also be more than solid option in center field because of his elite athleticism and ability to make flash plays with both his arm and glove. There's some risk investing into his tools considering that he is so young. But overall, Taveras is one of those rare five tool guys with the potential to make his fair share of all star teams in the future.