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Mike Papi

Born: 09/19/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 190
Primary Position: LF
Secondary Position: 1B
Moderate frame; lean, wiry muscle; proportionately filled out; room to put on a little more weight; average athlete - not going to wow in this department; body to handle the grind.
Evaluator Chris Mellen
Report Date 07/16/2014
Dates Seen 7/12-7/14
Affiliate Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Short Season, Indians)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2017 Moderate 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Shows a feel for hitting; loose hands, with a quick trigger; shorter, compact stroke that covers both sides of the plate; plus bat speed; controls the head of the bat; long in zone; barrels the ball up; relaxed in box; brings a plan to the plate; grinds through plate appearances looking for something to drive; not afraid to let one pass; can be high contact, line-to-line hitter.
Power 55 Presently not a large amount of lift and leverage in swing, but feel player can learn to muscle up due to hitting ability; shows occasional drives with arc in batting practice; project as pull-side power, with ability to plug opposite field gap; see hot zone as middle-in from top of thighs and down; 15 home run potential.
Baserunning/Speed 45 Timed 4.25-4.33 down the line digging; doesn't really have an extra gear, but accelerates reasonably well; enough speed to stretch a hit or score from second with less than two outs; not going to impact the game in this department.
Glove 50 Fringy foot speed in the field; took a couple of flat routes in right field before realizing it was too late to correct; slower with reads off the bat; drifts at times; fringe-average range; see better suited for left field; defense can reach projection with dedication - not a slam dunk to get to average; not the draw of player's game.
Arm 50 Arm came up a bit short throwing from right field; throws had accuracy, but died towards the end; arm won't be taken advantage of; likely to play up better in left field and show more effect.

Intriguing hitter - flashed natural hitting ability; bat first player; pressure on offense to produce at high levels year in and year out to maintain status as regular; liked what I saw with the swing and ability to barrel consistently; believe bat translates against good velocity due to hands and efficiency of swing; feel some home run power will show in mid-to-late twenties; can end up as high as 2-hole hitter or hit 6th/7th in a deep lineup; .290s with 15 home run peak season potential.

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