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Brandon Dixon

Born: 01/29/1992 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 215
Primary Position: 2B
6-2/215 lb is accurate; looks the part with a medium frame; solid lower half; broad shoulders; above-average athlete; body close to maxed out.
Evaluator Chris Rodriguez
Report Date 06/18/2014
Dates Seen 4/6, 4/7, 4/14, 5/1, 5/6,
Affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2017 Very High 40 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Starts with a normal width stance square to the pitcher; rocks his hands up and down before the swing is initiated; hand-eye coordination is below-average; rarely put the ball in play in early looks; late on a lot of average fastballs; plus bat speed; pitch recognition is lacking; cheats on the fastball and can't adjust to break and off-speed; failed to make adjustments; when he hits it's loud, but the chance for miss is too hard to ignore.
Power 40 Good strength; solid arms and legs create good torque and bat speed; ball has some carry in BP; leverage is only okay; hit tool will limit power considerably.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Above-average straight line speed; clocked 4.19 and 4.20 to 1st; has a second gear; could lose a step going forward; not the best base stealer; doesn't get good jumps and reads off the pitcher.
Glove 50 Glove is solid with good actions at 2nd base; makes the routine plays; not flashy by any means; makes the turn well; range is average to slightly above-average; good transition from the 3rd base the year prior; could see him fitting in left field in a utility role as well.
Arm 50 Solid-average arm; works at 2nd base; limited to the right side of the infield and possibly left field; good carry from the bag at 2nd and in the hole.

Dixon is a very good athlete that can make an impact in various facets of the game. His speed is surprising; he gets down the line well and has an extra gear if he needs to turn it on. With better actions at 2nd base (after a move from 3rd) and solid defense from an up-the-middle position, he can provide some value. The problem with Dixon is his bat; I'm not sold he'll ever hit enough to reach the major leagues and make a contribution. The looks I had were in the beginning of the season (April), where he batted .148/.146/.250, but he's picked it up shortly after to a respectable level. Even while he was hitting the ball hard on occasion, a change of speed or breaking pitch with two strikes had him chasing. I can see a backup role going forward if it all clicks, but it comes with very high risk.

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